WTF is wrong with the White House press corps?

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On the one hand, this is a bizarre, inexplicable story.  On the other hand, it is probably the most revealing story about the failure and obsequiousness of the White House press.

In short, looking to fuel their fantasy propaganda that the Covid pandemic is over, White House aides at Trump’s Rose Garden appearance today moved the reporters’ normal chair layout from 6 feet apart to instead pack all the reporters together, inches apart, in a (moronic) demonstration against “social distancing.”  Yet, rather than simply moving the chairs back to the right position, the reporters simply sat there, and then complained about this afterwards like school children.  WTF?

From “White House turns press corps into anti-social distancing props”:

The White House set up press seats for a Friday event in the Rose Garden, which was billed as a news conference, though Trump ended up taking no questions from reporters.

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The folding chairs were originally placed six feet apart, just like they have been since April, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
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News crews set up their cameras, took photos of the setting, then left the Rose Garden. When they were brought back in several minutes later, the folding chairs were close together.
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Sometime in between, White House staffers had rearranged the chairs with approximately one foot between each reporter’s seat.
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Visually it was back to business almost as normal, pre-pandemic, without social distancing, despite ongoing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to take precautions.
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The president seemed to like what he saw.  “You’re getting closer together, even you, I noticed,” Trump remarked to reporters. “I noticed you’re starting to get much closer together. Looks much better.”
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But it wasn’t their choice — the chairs were arranged by the White House. Some journalists and news executives were privately outraged by the bait and switch.

Privately outraged?  Why didn’t they simply get up as adults and put the seats back in their rightful place?  Why don’t they show some spine and agency?

Oh, and after bullying the press into serving as props (and endangering their own health), Trump finished the humiliation by walking out without taking questions.

Sometimes a small story perfectly illustrates a larger truth.  This is an appalling example. The White House press corps have become docile subjects . . . a flock of careerist sheep. An embarrassment sitting before an embarrassing president.

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Come on people, grow a pair. What are they afraid of, a bad tweet?

Caroline Walcot
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Caroline Walcot

This is more like proper journalism. Write out loud what the public is thinking and push the message! 100% with your message on this Rose Garden battle of the soap bubbles.

SimonDK
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SimonDK

A pretty clear sign they need to be reassigned, they´ve clearly grown comfortable and eager to remain where they are, regardless of what that might entail. I suppose that works great for a valet, a hotel concierge or the like, but it doesn’t do well when you´re a member of the WH press corps

Linda
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Linda

I agree with you!!! Chairs could have been moved easily!!! This was disgusting!

Paul Johnson`
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Paul Johnson`

Apparently it’s not just Republican Senators that have no spine. The election can’t come soon enough.

Independent
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Independent

He will continue as long as they let him get away with it.
THey could have sat apart or stood. Instead they encouraged his f behavior. Grow a set.

Jeb Barrett
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Jeb Barrett

Seeing is believing! Again, Trump is controlling the narrative and getting away with being the bully on the playground. Why do the media continue to give him any kind of coverage without underlining his obvious abuse of power and authority? Can’t they do more to expose the neo-theofascists now calling all the shots in DC? The world is waiting!

Don
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They are his punks.and he love it.they all
Jackass.stop letting him getway with this.you have to puta stop to him.stop being his punk.you do work for him.

Lou
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HE ACTED LIKE A CHILD ASS. AND THAN THEY WENT FOR IT. STAND UP PUT THEM BACK. IF YOU GET LIP THAN TELL HIM TO SHOVE IT AND LEAVE LIKE HE DID TO YOU. THAT WAY YOU PREVAIL NOT THE ASS. FACE HIM AND TELL HIM HOW RUDE HE
IS SO HE CAN’T BULLY YOU THE NEXT TIME, YOU SET THE TREND FIRST. HE WL THROW UP HIS HANDS POUT AND THAN WALK OFF NOT YOU.PERIOD.

David Bishop
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David Bishop

And why are they bothering to even cover this dictator? No coverage and he’ll go away.

J.M
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Vile, Filthy, Racist. He belongs in prison.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Does anyone remember to say, Bite Me, anymore!