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Should the Media Boycott the White House Press Room?

White house front day peopleIf the White House plans to peddle false information, maybe the media should refuse to play along by refusing to go to the White House press room.

Given the Internet, FOIA, and reporters’ access to numerous government officials and documents, aren’t there ways to get better info than this White House seems willing to provide?

One president systematically used falsehoods and half-truths to justify an unjust war (among other things). 

Why should the media indulge the current president if he similarly tries to manipulate the truth and the American People?

Three things inspired my suggestion: 

(1) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s bizarre, falsehood-filled tirade about crowd size at President Trump’s inauguration (compared to Obama’s);

(2) Journalist Jennifer Steinhauer suggested in a tweet (though perhaps facetiously) that there is no point in going to press briefings if the White House plans to lie to reporters; and

(3) Dan Rather posted, in part, the following to Facebook:

"These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

"When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase "alternative facts”…

"When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

"When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

"These are not normal times..."

Yes, extraordinary times do call for extraordinary measures. And wouldn’t it be extraordinary if the White House press secretary found himself addressing an empty room?

A massive boycott is worth considering.


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