Media Loses Shit over “Transparency”

NBC news reports today that President-elect Donald Trump ditched the press before going to dinner last night.

I shit you not. This is what passes for news these days.

In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going.

The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.

The only way the press eventually ascertained his whereabouts was after a Bloomberg reporter, who happened to be dining at the 21 Club, tweeted a photo of Trump and some of his transition team in the Midtown steakhouse.

paparazzi-berlin-terry-rLet me get this straight. These fuckwads actually think that a President-elect should report to the media anytime he steps out for a meal, because TRANSPARENCY? Aren’t we getting a little stupidly desperate to find anything at all to support the narrative of EVIL TRUMP?

Frankly, as a non-Trump supporter, I’m thinking this is a bit creepy.

Should he hold a media conference to inform the public about the transition? Yes.

Should he be transparent about his interactions with foreign leaders? Absolutely. Because otherwise, you get the Russians setting the narrative about the leadership’s relationship with the head of the country that considers the US and NATO to be its primary national security threat.

But should he inform the press every time he steps out for a bite to eat? Come on!

The media are not his mommy and daddy. He doesn’t need to notify them every time he goes to a restaurant, changes a suit, or takes a shit.

Him going out for a bite to eat is not and should not be of public interest unless he’s secretly meeting with the Russians in the restaurant.

We, as a society, have become relentless celebrity hounds. We demand to know what public figures are doing every moment of every day, and somehow we feel entitled to know every detail about their lives. Thanks, stupid reality shows! Thanks a fuck ton!

Next time the media demands he notify them of his dinner plans, he should send them a photo of his morning BM as well. If they want details, give them details!

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  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard | Reply

    What a bunch of morons.😦

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  2. […] Source: Media Loses Shit over “Transparency” […]

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  3. Why does the term “OPSEC” come to mind when the press whines about not getting his travel/meal plans in advance?

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    1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard | Reply

      Well, I doubt Trump was thinking “OPSEC”.

      I think Trump was thinking “Quiet Night Out” and of course the News Media would have made that impossible.

      Note, IIRC the Secret Service is good about “keeping their protection low-key” and Trump is likely smart enough to give the Secret Service time enough to provide low-key protection for Trump’s Quiet Night Out.

      Second Note, if Hillary had won I can imagine that she might have done something similar and for all I disliked her I’d say “good for her”.

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      1. I hated Obama, but I was perfectly capable of saying “okay, that *was* funny,” or giving him the same allowances I’d give any other human being.

        Quiet night away from press is definitely one of them.

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  4. It sure is strange how they are demanding “Transparency” from him but with the current nitwit not so much.

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  5. IMO, the primary reason the press wants to follow every footstep of every President or President Elect has little to do with “transparency”, or even their own sense of entitlement. It’s a “Death Watch”…they want to be there with tape rolling if some disaster befalls him. (See: Ronald Regan, March 30, 1981)

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    1. I think that’s a big part of it. Yes. It’s the desire for an “exclusive”

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      1. I agree. What if a Monica’s boyfriend’s wife supporter confronts Trump and they’re not there to report how flat footed he was in the presence of a scary-eloquent liberal? What if said supporter throws a shoe at Trump and they’re not there to laugh and gloat over it. Oh, the humanity! Those corrupt bastards (Sarah Palin’s accurate characterization) are there to report any BAD news, period. Anything positive will die a quick death.
        It’s not just Trump btw, my man Ted Cruz would get the same treatment.

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        1. “Oh, the humanity!” Your reference to the Hindenburg was acute and most savory! The more I reflected on it the more apropos it seemed as the spectrum of applicable context expanded. Thank you!

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        2. @Chazz And @Lewis

          Yes, a good reference to incendiary gasbags, a description that could apply to most of our media.

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    2. That’s a scary thought. What if they know there IS a plausible assassination threat in the works and they WANT to be there to record all the gory details, and all?

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    3. They’re still campaigning for the other side – stick with that – it’s a big winner!

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  6. he should send them a photo of his morning BM as well.

    The reporter getting this would wonder where Trump got the candid portrait of the reporter.

    One reporter told him that the five powers that be in the press would punish Trump for this sort of thing (lack of access to private family dinners). I don’t know what they could possibly do to him that they haven’t already tried to do.

    I hear rumor–I hope it’s true–that Trump is going to bar a lot of these clowns from the White House press pool.

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    1. See, I’m not happy with that, if true. He SHOULD be held accountable to the American people – as any President should. The press SHOULD report on matters that are important to the country. Barring reporters he doesn’t like does not give me a warm fuzzy in any way.

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      1. I’m referring to CNN and the sorts of organizations that forwarded one of the two candidates debate questions.

        A fair but tough reporter I would have no heartburn with.

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        1. Banning them writ large as organizations is unacceptable to me. They do have quite a few decent, hardworking reporters dedicated to reporting the news.

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        2. Fair enough. I should be more careful about that.

          But I think press passes are issued to individuals (correct me if I’m wrong). It certainly seems as if those who have risen to the top are largely lacking in any integrity, and it may be that 70 percent of those individuals don’t deserve a press pass. Tell CNN, et. al., they’d better find a real jou

          The press is protected by the first amendment. So are political advocates. This is precisely how it should fucking be. But I’m pretty sick of political advocates pretending to be journalists, giving one side a pass and nitpicking the other to death. Nothing in the first amendment mandates that anyone has to help them pretend to be journalists.

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        3. I don’t like the idea of banning whole organizations, either, but I, for one, hope that his press secretary wields the banhammer on any individuals who act like assholes.

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      2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard | Reply

        True but this sort of nonsense is not the News Reporting that “took Nixon down”.

        The reporters who “took Nixon down” didn’t follow Nixon around “hoping he’d make a mistake”.

        They dug for facts elsewhere than in Nixon Press Conferences.

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      3. So I assume you were in a lather when Obama, Clinton and other Dems banned certain news org, persons, or used rope to corral them in, or locked them in closets. If not, then please refrain from criticizing the Reps.

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        1. Actually, I support access to all media to our public officials. So, since you know nothing about me, you might want to shut your yap until you do.

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        2. I find it infinitely amusing that you think that unless someone conforms to the ideas YOU consider correct, they shouldn’t criticize our government officials. How cutesy statist of you!

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        3. Nicky, it’s always amusing to watch what happens when someone assumes you are on the “other” side. As if there is only one “other” side.

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        4. And it’s also amusing that this douche canoe apparently hasn’t read the article, since it’s actually favorable to the Republican side. IOW, he’s a moron.

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        5. Candidate for the “bag of dicks” award?

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        6. Meh. He’s not even worth a bag of dicks. Maybe one big one.

          dick

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        7. LOL

          Though IMNSHO it should read “That’d be terrific.”

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    2. In all honesty, why can a President Trump start to utilize the growing number of top-tier bloggers as ‘reporters’. Surely there are fair and unbiased Citizen Journalists that deserve a few of those precious White House press seats. I’m thinking a Glenn Reynolds or Nick Gillespie would ask interesting, topical, and fair questions. Something the MSM has long failed to do with a Republican in office.

      Come to think of it, it would have been nice to have Mssrs. Reynolds or Gillespie in the Press Room during the last 8 years.

      Why are the people shut out of the WH press room? By what possible excuse do we trust the MSM reporters, who have utterly failed in their duty to be unbiased, to continue to do a good job of reporting truthfully?

      Time for some new blood. I’d love it if Trump dumped the more egregious reporters and brought some Citizen Journalists aboard.

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      1. Oh, I’d actually pay to see him turn the flamboyance up to eleven…hell, that’s not enough, thirteen, as he informs some fellator of leftist politicians that their press credential is being revoked.

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        1. Yessssss! Don’t think there’s enough safe spaces for them if Milo gets to do that.

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        2. With Milo, a White House press credential would quickly turn into the same sort of thing as the traditional “white elephant”, because he’d let them keep coming back to be his chew toy until they left.

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  7. This election cycle, the #presstitutes and #mediatamites have revealed themselves to be “transparent” shills for the DNC, worse than even for BHOzo. Which is a real pity because we need Trump to be kept honest. These mangy petukhy aren’t going to do it — they will be so hysterical, biased, and treacherous that everyone will tune them out.

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  8. It’s been years since I read Woodward & Bernstein’s book, “All The President’s Men.” But (1) it seems to me that the hostile relationship really took off after Watergate, with new reporters desiring to make their career take of by documenting the fall of the mighty, and (2) Woodward & Bernstein didn’t get their info by following Nixon around like paparazzi. They dug deep, worked long hours, and were able to take advantage of lucky breaks because they had prepared themselves to do so.
    I agree with what was said about this being a “Death Watch” detail, expanded in size from the practice in the Reagan years.

    Reporter: “He beat us! He sneaked out of his house and we didn’t see him! Wah! Not fair!”
    Owner/Publisher/Editor: “You dipstick! He caught you with that old trick? Why didn’t you babies set up a pool and have someone covering EVERY door? It’s not his job to make YOUR job easy!”

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    1. Trump, entering helicopter on roof helipad: Doors? We don’t need no stinking doors…

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      1. Alternate version:

        “Doors? Where we’re going, we don’t need doors.”

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  9. The media descends into self-mockery. This reads like a SNL skit, one from back when they were still funny.

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  10. As I said elsewhere, LBJ used to ditch the press and the Secret Service when he was in office. When he wasn’t pissing in the Rose Garden, or whipping his dick out in the Oval Office for the press to admire.

    And after he left office, he used to drive from Johnson City to San Marcos on a Friday night – drive, not be driven, with the Secret Service chasing him.

    For beer and coeds.

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    1. Hahahahahaha!

      Can you imagine the hysterics the Secret Service would have if they had to deal with Australian Prime Ministers? One story I had told to me was that John Howard’s car broke down on the way to some summit. He shrugged, got out of the car and ran the rest of the way, outrunning his surprised security detail. I think he also drove himself. Tony Abbott walked whenever he could and even while in office took his emergency firefighter duties seriously. There’s a video somewhere of a person who recorded himself yelling at Tony Abbott, who kept right on walking. (The guy managed to annoy the guy I think is the bodyguard; the bodyguard told him to find a real job.)

      There was an old PM who would scull beers.

      I rather chuckle at the thought of Trump ditching the press whenever they get stupid. And I mean actual stupid – on the level of asking retarded questions and bitching, and having the dumb expectation that they be taken seriously.

      The nice thing is, Trump already KNOWS the press hates him, and they’re sinking their credibility really, really fast the more bullshit they pull.

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      1. That, I think, is a large part of his appeal. He won’t take bullshit, he won’t put up with pompous elitists…I saw somewhere where he was called the “blue collar billionaire.” Not that he doesn’t flaunt his wealth, but his attitude and personality seems distinctly blue collar.

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  11. Should Trump have the ‘press’ in tow when he goes some place? Well, Harry Truman used to take reporters along with him when he took his morning walk, but that was before people like Squeaky Fromme and Hinkley showed up to spoil things. It was also a time when reporters were real journalists, and the gossips were Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper and Liz Smith.
    Now if it’s a private family dinner, I think the twits in the press are just looking for something that isn’t there, and complaining because they weren’t invited to the party. Well, there wasn’t any party, it was just dinner.
    Personally, I’d hand out a daily schedule and then alter it on a whim, so that the more ridiculous of them are waiting and nothing is happening like it was supposed to be. (Oh, sorry, had to change it at the last minute.) Or hold JFK-like press conferences and wait for some twit to ask me when I was going to do something for women. (Well, gee whiz, I thought i already had.) I have no patience with their stupid stuff, which is a constant presence with them.
    No, this whine is about nothing but not knowing what was on the menu, how much it cost, who wore what, and who sat next to whom. It’s just gossip, not reporting, and until that stops (if it ever does), I’d give them short shrift, too.

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    1. Their was an attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists to assassinate President Truman during one of his walks.

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      1. There are more Texans wanting to secede than there are Puerto Ricans who want to be turned loose and become independent. (The vast majority either want statehood or to continue their subsidized commonwealth status.)

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  12. Watching Butch Maddow blather on about the media people assigned to cover him being a “protective press pool” and the OUTRAGE!!11!!!eleventy!!! at not being made aware of his dinner plans was the perfect equipoise between self-important navel-gazing and entitlement induced butt-hurt.

    http://www.msnbc.com/…/trump-ducks-media-sneaks-out-for…

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    1. Wait until he goes out for pizza!

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  13. When I first saw the headline I thought it was The Onion.

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  14. David, Internet Troll | Reply

    I think he should have let them know. “Hey Fuckwads. I don’t want all you dickheads ruining my quiet night out, so you inbred cretins can pound sand tonight.” If they want transparency, he should transparently tell them what he REALLY thinks of them.

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    1. If they haven’t figured that out by now, then he could be as transparent as a perfect vacuum (and, you know, we can see stuff sextillions of miles away through a vacuum) and they still wouldn’t figure it out.

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      1. Dude. You’ve had the misfortune of encountering the mindset these people have, even if it’s just by witnessing their abject retardation in display. Telling them outright doesn’t help them gain one scintillion of an iota of a glimmering of a clue.

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        1. Stop making so much sense.

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        2. Darlin’, I can’t. Making sense is a catastrophic failing of mine.

          So’s being careful when crossing the street and discreetly keeping an eye on my surroundings when I’m out and about. Keeps this deplorable race and gender traitor from conveniently tripping and falling under a bus, don’cha know? *sassy grin*

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        3. “Darlin'”: Nicest thing anyone’s said to me in days.

          But, dangit, you’re still married.

          Do keep watching out for those buses. And if you weren’t in Oz, I’d recommend a good projectile dispenser.

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        4. While I can’t carry for self defense purposes (Those permits are very, very rare, but I am told they can be obtained) I do like shooting.

          Yesterday my adorable hubby told me about a cute little survival rifle called the Little Badger 22LR. We figure it’ll be a good starting firearm to teach the kiddlywinks with. ^_^

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        5. Sounds like a plan.

          (Grumble, grumble, I can’t even complain the husband is worthless. You done did well.)

          (Okay, I should hit the sack before I get myself in trouble.)

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        6. *e-hug* G’nite!

          And I know I did well to be so lucky that he’s mine! He doesn’t get insecure over my male friends, trusts me with his life, enjoys our silly moments and misses me and my cooking when he’s out field. And that’s on top of him being a wonderful man.

          And when he was moving me and the kiddlies over to Oz, he refused to leave my library behind. We had it shipped, 29 1×1 meter boxes of books.

          A reader and a shooter! :heart:

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        7. Dayam…29 cubic meters of books. You definitely beat out my grandfather, whose house was almost impassable when he died. I shipped myself six large boxes out of that haul and still haven’t read them all, 20 years later.

          Now to turn you green with envy: No problem getting carry permits here, no need for a permit to own, no need for a permit to carry if you don’t conceal it. Gun shops everywhere, ranges easily accessed. In fact yesterday I decided to hit what I’ve begun calling my “safe spaces” just to make fun of you know who. Two different gun shops (one that has been called “gun Walmart”) and two different ranges…and yes I left lead behind at both places.

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  15. My opinion is that the press and the government have forgotten who they are and descended into a corrupt relationship.

    The proper response to a lack of access is a lack of consideration. All tape, all the time, no off the record, failure to answer means the bad answer is true.

    A proper adversarial relationship would be restored and we’d find out who were the journalists and who were the glorified fellatists and stenographers.

    The country would be better served. The tools to find out what is going on are there. They just aren’t being used.

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    1. You’re approaching it from the perspective that the press are insufficiently adversarial. That advice would have been useful eight years ago, not now. Under the Trump administration, the press should be assumed hostile until proven otherwise. The proper response to a dishonest press is a lack of access. Tit for tat.

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      1. I was scratching my head wondering what this guy was on about…then I read your comment, Craig. Yes, this is someone who hasn’t read a newspaper or turned on the TV in over ten days.

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  16. The president elect reports a particularly good data dump this morning. The first-lady elect has told him that he will henceforth use the other bathroom on the mornings after nights when he consumes steak, red wine and garlic

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    1. You can be sure he has listened to her concerns, noted, and logged them.

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  17. I was also not a trump supporter. It’s this kind of thing that has turned me into a full-blown Trumptard. Keep watching him troll the people you hate the most and you will be one too.

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    1. Not sure why, but your comment wound up in the spam filter. I have rescued it.

      That said… in response to your comment. There’s nothing that will turn me into a “Trumptard.” If he does a good job as President, I will support him in the next election, if he runs. But I don’t base my support for a candidate or a President on how many leftist tears he elicits from the full potato crowd.

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      1. But I don’t base my support for a candidate or a President on how many leftist tears he elicits from the full potato crowd.

        Yep. Touchstone for me remains who he picks for the Supreme Court–if he picks an actually mostly Constitutional conservative (can’t be totally because he’d never get that past the Democrats in the Senate–reality has to intervene, I’m afraid) and uses his vaunted deal-making ability to get the nominee confirmed then I’ll admit I was wrong and eat all the crow the stormtrumpers want.

        But until then I am going to enjoy the liberal tears to the full extent I am able.😉

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        1. Why the hell did you wind up in the spam filter??

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        2. Happened again. I have no idea.

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        3. Must be the purple stripe in his hair. 🙂
          (Actually, that was what allowed me to recognize him the first time in person)

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        4. Nicki, the same thing (unsolicited new spam filter) seems to have happened to Sarah Hoyt; she found that WordPress apparently started having 2 spam filter folders.

          I’m sure WP tech support will get right on it. /sarc

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  18. After the way the “press” treated him, and anyone else that supports him, I wouldn’t let even one of them have media credentials.
    Not.
    A.
    Single.
    One.
    They are all functionally obsolete, anyway, and now, thanks to Wikileaks, we also know they are the public relations arm of the Democratic party.
    Trump should treat them with all the respect they have earned: None.

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    1. Speaking of wikileaks,

      A very clever meme I saw read:

      Election 2016. When Hackers became journalists and journalists became hacks.

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