The Rules For Media Coverage At The White House Is About To Change In A MAJOR WAY – 3%
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The Rules For Media Coverage At The White House Is About To Change In A MAJOR WAY

There’s a distinct shift in the winds of mainstream media operations taking place right now, but it’s not the one many of us might have hoped for. We’re closing out a period of eight years where deference to the White House, respect for the office even if you disagree with the occupant and a general sense of traditional propriety were the watchwords of the major newspapers and television networks. Even if you took issue with some of Barack Obama’s policies, the important and oh so very historic nature of his presidency demanded a certain level of dignity in the discussion. Failing to do so immediately branded one a racist in the eyes of the media machinery.

If you were watching the disparity in the amount and type of coverage that the two candidates in the presidential campaign received (Trump’s was 91% negative in the final weeks), you already had a clue as to how these attitudes would be shifting on the afternoon of January 20th. Now, with a few days remaining, reporters and editorial boards are already firing the first warning shots and revealing what the new paradigm will look like. For our first example, I would point to a column published yesterday by the WaPo’s Dave Weigel dealing with the fallout from the ongoing battle between the President-Elect and Congressman John Lewis.

 

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