jeudi 19 janvier 2017

Pre$$titutes claim to have woken up, declare war on Trump

An open letter to Trump from the US press corps, written by Kyle Pope, Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, in the name of the US Press Corps.


Dear Mr. President Elect:

In these final days before your inauguration, we thought it might be helpful to clarify how we see the relationship between your administration and the American press corps.

They go all bossy on him, elaborating on points like this:


  • Access is preferable, but not critical
  • Off the record and other ground rules are ours—not yours—to set
  • We decide how much airtime to give your spokespeople and surrogates
  • We believe there is an objective truth, and we will hold you to that
  • We’ll obsess over the details of government

Then they seem to remember what they did over the last eight years in the rear end of the "most transparent" President ever, and add:


We will set higher standards for ourselves than ever before. We credit you with highlighting serious and widespread distrust in the media across the political spectrum. Your campaign tapped into that, and it was a bracing wake-up call for us. We have to regain that trust. And we’ll do it through accurate, fearless reporting, by acknowledging our errors and abiding by the most stringent ethical standards we set for ourselves.

Sure you'll do.


We’re going to work together. You have tried to divide us and use reporters’ deep competitive streaks to cause family fights. Those days are ending. We now recognize that the challenge of covering you requires that we cooperate and help one another whenever possible. So, when you shout down or ignore a reporter at a press conference who has said something you don’t like, you’re going to face a unified front. We’ll work together on stories when it makes sense, and make sure the world hears when our colleagues write stories of importance. We will, of course, still have disagreements, and even important debates, about ethics or taste or fair comment. But those debates will be ours to begin and end.

Of course you will. And you will survive (not that it would have been necessary to mention that, or would it?):


We’re playing the long game. Best-case scenario, you’re going to be in this job for eight years. We’ve been around since the founding of the republic, and our role in this great democracy has been ratified and reinforced again and again and again. You have forced us to rethink the most fundamental questions about who we are and what we are here for. For that we are most grateful.

Enjoy your inauguration.

I suggest Teh Donald starts a weekly TV show on RT, detailing the current works of the government and taking calls and tweets from The People™. Maybe call it "Aló Presidente". That'll teach them. ;)

via International Skeptics Forum

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