Donald Trump gave the Washington press corps quite a scare last week. After meeting with President Obama at the White House, he left the nation’s capital for New York City—without telling anyone in the media. It was actually the second time he’d ditched his press corps in one day.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called Trump’s treatment of the White House Press Corps “truly unacceptable.” Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” about the president-elect’s decision to leave the press behind.
On Tuesday night, he did it again, skipping out to a New York City restaurant without telling the reporters whose job it is to cover him.
This might not seem like anything too important. But it is. Trump is undoing some of the most basic traditions that both presidents and the reporters who cover them have upheld for decades.
Trump’s lack of adherence to the time-honored media rules of the road shouldn’t have been surprising. The Freedom of the Press Foundation recently called him “an enemy of press freedom unlike any we have seen in modern presidential history.”
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