In it, Obama told the White House press representatives not to be "sycophants."
The message, of course, was to reinforce the press' mission to be truth-tellers, no matter the risk. Most of the Obama Administration believes that mission will encounter plenty of opposition in the next administration.
As many of us know, the wife of the president-elect, Melania, is using the services of superlawyer Charles Harder. He won the $140 million jury verdict in "Hulk Hogan v. Gawker." That trial contended that the media violated Hogan's right to privacy. Currently, Harder is advocating changing the law so that it is easier to sue the media for libel. Obviously, the First Amendment will be in play.
Well, in response to Obama's rally cry that members of the media not suck up, that's exactly what they did. For example, Blade journalist Chris Johnson framed his question in a way to praise the president's track record in gay rights. The elephant in the room was the expectation that the Trump Administration will not be as progressive (understatement.)
Here is the coverage from Rabien News which the Drudge Report links to.
It seemed impossible but Drudge is having even more fun with Obama than it did with Hillary.
Meanwhile, one wonders if the Trump Administration will simply bypass traditional media? Will it leverage social media as its primary voice? On a business level, that could accelerate the collapse of establishment media outlets such as The New York Times. Good-bye thousands more jobs in journalism.
More on this by lawyer-journalist at Abovethelaw.com, Kathryn Rubino. Here you can read her analysis.
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