The mainstream media needs news conferences with President-Elect Donald Trump a lot more than Mr. Trump needs them. Why should he let the media filter out his message when he can go on Twitter and get the message out direct to the public? Certainly he will have news conferences, but on his terms and not the mainstream media.
As Reported by Breitbart via the Associated Press:
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Less than a month from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that most incoming presidents have held within days of their victory.
As of Thursday, it had been 147 days since Trump held his last formal news conference as a candidate.
Trump, whose refusal to do news conference has been criticized by journalism groups and media watchdogs, has instead tried to convey his message directly to the American public, bypassing the media with pronouncements at his boisterous rallies and, of course, distributing his thoughts 140 characters at a time on his famed Twitter account.
He was slated to hold a press conference on December 15 to discuss his plan to leave his sprawling business empire as he takes office but that event was postponed. Aides have said it will be rescheduled for January but no date has yet been set.
“America has a tradition of an aggressive, free and independent press and a large part of that is that the press inquiries about the president and his stances on the issues,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a communications professor at Boston University. “They probably can wave goodbye to that. It’s quite obvious that Trump has no interest in following the traditions of the presidency and relationship with the press……..
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