Journalism Doomed Under Trump? Just the Opposite

Jack Shafer sees a 'journalistic spring' in the offing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Journalism Doomed Under Trump? Just the Opposite
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump berated CNN and BuzzFeed at his news conference last week, just the latest of his hostile encounters with journalists. Now there's even talk of moving the White House press corps to less prestigious digs. With advisers such as Newt Gingrich advocating that he "close down the elite press," some are predicting bleak landscapes for journalism under President Trump. Media writer Jack Shafer, however, predicts just the opposite in Politico Magazine. Reporters should think of Trump's inauguration as "Liberation Day," he advises, because the old rules about covering the White House no longer apply. Reporters won't have the official access they've become accustomed to, and that's OK.

Instead, "they will infest the departments and agencies around town that the president has peeved." The list is plentiful: The CIA, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the FBI, should provide plenty of willing sources, and don't forget disgruntled employees of agencies such as the EPA who might be asked to work on policies they hate. Trump also, of course, has endless business connections to investigate in regard to conflicts of interest, and newspapers such as the Washington Post are dedicating staff solely to that purpose. Remember that the president-elect "remains unpopular with at least half of the nation, and they constitute an eager audience for critical reporting," writes Shafer. "It’s not winter that’s coming with the inauguration of Trump," he concludes. "It’s journalistic spring." Click for his full column.)

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