President Donald Trump revealed there may be some new rules in place for the media very soon.
Among those rules: making sure cameras are not facing reporters so they don’t get any airtime.
The incident that occurred earlier this month between CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and a White House intern has had some far-reaching repercussions.
Initially, the White House suspended Acosta’s press pass after they said he put his hands on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him so another reporter could ask a question.
However, Acosta’s “hard pass” was reissued after a judge said the White House failed to provide Acosta with due process.
The judge made it clear, however, that the White House can ban specific reporters.
Still, hoping to avoid that — and anticipating more problems with Acosta — Trump is ready to lay down the law with the press corps.
While the White House cannot control where the media points their cameras, they can cut down access to cameras, offering only certain angles and locations.
In effect, the media would not have any other option other than pointing the cameras at the stage rather than reporters.
This move actually makes sense for this administration.
In addition to the measures listed above, the president said that if this behavior continues, he may just walk out of the presser until the media can respectfully.
Let’s Get It Straight
Trump was also adamant he is not anti-media, he just wants them to get the story right, whether he is right or wrong.
“I don’t mind getting bad news if I’m wrong. If I do something wrong,” Trump said.
“I’m totally in favor of the media, I’m totally in favor of free press, got to be fair press,” he continued.
When his interviewer, Chris Wallace, said it was not up to the president to decide what’s fair, Trump retorted: “I can tell what’s fair and not and so can my people and so can a lot of other people.”
Wallace then addressed former President Barack Obama and his relationship with Fox News, saying he complained about it all the time.
Trump countered him by saying he is not complaining about negative press, but actual fake news and dishonest reporting, something we have seen throughout this presidency with media coverage.