How [not] to behave in front of press cameras


Click to enlargeIn livid color by Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

❝ US president Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office on Wednesday (Jan 17). While the interview ended with takeaways of Trump’s plan ahead for this year’s midterm elections and tensions with North Korea, a truly remarkable exclusive was this photo of Trump and his communication staff engaged in tense tableau while Reuters journalists looked on…

We see Trump, sitting at the Resolute desk, a stern look on his face, finger pointed squarely at his communications director Hope Hicks. Hicks appears to be grabbing a notepad from the desk, and appears apologetic. On the right, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands mouth agape, watching Trump and Hick’s interaction…

❝ The photo’s comic composition is remarkable, with the three figures aligned horizontally as if onstage. One of the Trump administration’s greatest accomplishments in the past year might be its staff members’ past and present efforts to project a stable disposition, even as deeply sourced reporting from inside the White House says otherwise. But here, is the president berating his staff in front of press, while Sanders — the one responsible for explaining his behavior — reacts in dismay? Or is it just a fleeting moment in an undramatic encounter?

Trump thinks he’s the boss of the world. How else would you expect him to act?

3 thoughts on “How [not] to behave in front of press cameras

  1. Manchurian Candidate says:

    “We’ve reached the stage in the Rob Porter saga where the White House’s previous statements now appear so blatantly false that all press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders can do is suggest she didn’t know they were false.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/13/sarah-huckabee-sanders-pleads-ignorance-as-the-rob-porter-mess-worsens/?utm_term=.ea85eddebe52 “This is about as close to acknowledging falsehoods as the Trump White House gets. Recall what Sanders’s predecessor, Sean Spicer, said during the first media briefing after his false claim about Trump’s inauguration crowd.
    “We’re going to do our best every time we can,” Spicer told reporters. “I’m going to come out here and tell you the facts as I know them.”
    Sanders is now doing the same thing Spicer did — saying she does her “best” while implying that any inaccuracy she speaks is the result of faulty information supplied to her.”

    • HAR says:

      “Suckabee Goes Down in Flames as a Proxy for Donald Trump at WH Correspondents’ Dinner, Snowflakes Liquefy” https://www.theroot.com/suckabee-goes-down-in-flames-as-a-proxy-for-donald-trum-1825634948 At Saturday day night’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Comedian Michelle Wolf flamed the Trump administration and its flunkies (since the president is too much of a punk to take the jabs himself), and conservatives responded predictably.

      • Enemy of the People® says:

        “In her 19-minute set, Wolf took aim at Sanders for bending the truth and her handling of White House press conferences.
        “We are graced with Sarah’s presence tonight,” Wolf said. “Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited. I’m not really sure what we’re going to get, you know? A press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. It’s shirts and skins, and this time don’t be such a little bitch, Jim Acosta.”
        “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” she continued. “But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies.”
        The comments immediately drew the ire of conservative viewers.” http://thehill.com/homenews/media/385409-white-house-press-on-defensive-after-comedian-torches-trump-huckabee-sanders

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