According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is “seriously considering” expanding the number of journalists who are allowed in on White House Press briefings. The move would allow journalists in who aren’t from the mainstream media, and possibly even bloggers.
Vice President Mike Pence said of the possible decision:
“The interest of the team is to make sure that we accommodate the broadest number of people who are interested and media from around the country and around the world.”
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the Trump administration is looking to accommodate more than the “Washington media elite.” Currently, the White House Press Room can only hold 49 people. The Trump administration believes having more would be better all around.
Priebus added, “The one thing that we discussed was whether or not we want to move the initial press conferences into the Executive Office Building where you can fit four times the amount of people. After 500 or 600 people [attended Trump’s first press conference in NYC on January 11th] we started thinking, if we have more people involved instead of less people involved, wouldn’t that be a good thing?“
Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer said that the possible changes should be welcomed.
“This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process, including bloggers and others who aren’t from the mainstream media. This should be seen as a welcome change.”
However, the White House Correspondents’ Association objects to “any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps.”
A formal decision hasn’t yet been reached, but is expected to in the coming days.
Analyzing this deeper, this move should be welcomed and should be pressured to actually take place. By allowing even more press, including alternative media and bloggers, into the daily press briefings at the White House would benefit everyone. As it is well known by now, the mainstream media has continued to lose credibility as even deeper propaganda has seeped into the outlets in recent months. If people are really wanting to have the truth reported in the news, more press, not less, must be welcomed into White House briefings. This is the quickest and easiest way for truth to be reported, as it will hold all outlets responsible for reporting real news.
For instance, if only a handful of mainstream outlets were allowed in, last has been for the past several decades, then the media is allowed to spin their own narrative, and control the minds of millions, if not, billions of people. However, with several hundred outlets reporting, it will be far easier for truth and lies to be distinguished from one another.
Regardless if a person voted for Trump or Hillary, or anyone else, or not at all, this move should be greatly welcomed. It will force the truth to be reported. Additionally, it will give the world many more interpretations of a news topic or situation to consider. The more angles we can see regarding a situation, the more information we can gather, and the better opportunity we have to discern truth from fiction. In the end, this helps all people and all situations.
As software advocates have said for a long time, “Put enough eyeballs on it and no bug is invisible.”
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