"They Are The Opposition Party" - Trump May Evict Press From The White House

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Update: in the aftermath of the report, the following exchange took place between Crains Detroit published, Ron Fournier, Trump spokesman, Sean Spicer, and NBC's Chuck Todd:

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The simmering cold, if heating up with every passing day, war between Trump and the press may be about to turn conventional, with the occasional chance of an ICBM.

Just days after calling out CNN fake news during his first press conference of 2017, Esquire reports that according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is "seriously considering" a plan to evict the press corps from the White House.

If the plan goes through, one of the officials said, the media will be removed from the cozy confines of the White House press room, where it has worked for several decades. Members of the press will be relocated to the White House Conference Center—near Lafayette Square—or to a space in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House.

Trump's press secretary tried to cast the possible relocation of the press corps as a matter, in part, of logistics. "There's been so much interest in covering a President Donald Trump," he said. "A question is: Is a room that has forty-nine seats adequate? When we had that press conference the other day, we had thousands of requests, and we capped it at four hundred. Is there an opportunity to potentially allow more members of the media to be part of this? That's something we're discussing."

He added that "There has been no decision," yet but acknowledged that "there has been some discussion about how to do it."

Other Trump staffers, however, explain that it's not business, it's personal. "They are the opposition party," a senior official was quoted by Esquire. "I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room."

A brief history of the White House press room:

Reporters have had some sort of workspace at the White House since Teddy Roosevelt's time, but the current press room is an artifact of the Richard Nixon era, the dawn of the symbiosis of the press and the modern presidency. The "room" is actually a space containing work stations and broadcast booths, as well as the briefing area that is so familiar to viewers of presidential news conferences.


For the media, the White House press room—situated on the first floor, in the space between the presidential residence and the West Wing—is not only a convenience, with prime sources just steps away. It is also a symbol of the press' cherished role as representatives of the American people. In the midst of the George W. Bush presidency, when relations between reporters and the Administration were growing testy, the White House press corps was removed from the press room for nearly a year, while the facility was remodeled. The move prompted such concern that the president himself had to offer his assurance that it was only temporary. (As it happened, press conferences were held at the White House Conference Center during the renovation).

Ultimately, it boils down to what Esquire calls "the media's presumption of entitlement" which Trump officials "requires a change."

If there is a credo that reflects the culture inside the James Brady Briefing Room (named after President Ronald Reagan's first press secretary, who was wounded by a bullet meant for Reagan), it is that presidents come, and presidents go, but the White House press corps is forever. In that sentiment, some in the transition team discern precisely the attitude that led to the revolt that elected Trump president.

Whatever the philosophical consequences, a move of this magnitude by Trump would lead to even greater antagonism between the president and the press, which would likely lead to an even greater focus not so much on Trump's policies and proposals, as on Trump himself as the conflict between the president-elect and the press hurtles along toward some yet undetermined climax.

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falak pema's picture

Now DAT is ANTI constitutional Mr Potus to be!

Looney's picture


Draining the Swamp one Muddy Puddle at a time.


ACP's picture

No, this is too subjective.

We need something more objective, like "Seeing Lie" dogs. When the dog sees a lie, he bites the reporter.

HowdyDoody's picture

As long as Matt Lee is still allowed in, it's fine by me.

UndergroundPost's picture

Trump's concern to allow many more media outlets & even free lance jounalists to have equal access demonstrates his commitment to  break the back of the "4th branch" of government. Bye bye Big Media!

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) UndergroundPost Jan 15, 2017 9:37 AM

First Black Mail President

ali_baba's picture

I don't know what to make of this:


Seeking an intelligent opinion - I know I know... this is the internet right? We only shout about our opinions here... but seriously I know a lot of old, knowledgeable fuckers hang out here too ...sometimes.

Escrava Isaura's picture

"They Are The Opposition Party"

Not really. Media are the lapdogs, meaning, controlled by power. Highly obedient, and subservient to power.  Under restrict bounds. The Right media is even more ideological and dysfunctional than the Left. The Left media is highly hypocrites.

The focus should be on the King and not on the lapdogs, in my view.



JRobby's picture

The real power is rarely seen in the open.

Soros as "visible" as he is, when is he seen in public?

espirit's picture

Locate those MSM turds in the 'Tapper Crapper', that blue Port-o-let next to dumpster in the back alley.

Frozen shit doesn't smell nearly as bad.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) espirit Jan 15, 2017 10:28 AM


All Washington is filled to the brim with Obama "legacy" aka Clinton Camp

And they don't accept defeat.


MalteseFalcon's picture

The MSM was already well down the road to obscurity.

Moving them to a more remote location is a logical reaction to that fact.

The old grey mare just aint what she used to be.

----_-'s picture

if you trumptards want it or not removing press/opposition is not a go.


i would say if you cant deal with the opposition in your room (and trump can deal with cnn and cnbc twats, he recentaly smacked them) then you are probably not entitled your role.


this is a blatant attemp of trump/kushner kikes administration to prepare people to censor press. because not all press is CNN CNBC

The_Juggernaut's picture

I've had no use for the press for years.  I won't even notice they're gone.

RiverRoad's picture

Press conferences are a joke.  The MSM only ask rhetorical questions.

vealparm's picture

It may be better to leave them(MSM) in the White House, but just never  call on them to answer questions. Make them sit there and listen to questions asked by civil thoughtful independent jorunalists.......just totally ignore them. Let them stew in the nasty elitist progressive pile of shit that they are. 

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HRH Feant (not verified) The_Juggernaut Jan 15, 2017 2:42 PM

Same here. The presstitutes that were allowed to camp inside the White House are nothing but peacocks and grandstanders. One thing that has annoyed me for years, during the Obama regime, were the cameras with automated shutters that were so loud it always made that room sound like it was some kind of fucking fashion shoot.

Throw the fucking bumms out of the White House! Day one.

LyLo's picture

I've looked high and low, but I can't find anything in the Constitution, or even regulation or law, that says we have to have a press pool in the White House whenever the president makes a speech.  In fact, I'm almost positive that the notorious "fireside chats" made by FDR were prerecorded and broadcast unannotated.  Out of curiousity, would this now be considered, in retrospect, censorship of the press?

I didn't know denying entrance to the press was censorship.  If that's true, then we need to talk about all the censorship being done right now in our combat theaters.  Also, what about Fox News being dissallowed from many events by the current POTUS?  Or the legal hounding of various journalists over the past decade? 

I don't see you worrying over the current censorship, so why are you so worried about possible censorship in the future?  Have you considered that maybe we're not all Trump-tards (as you so elequently phrased it) and you're just anti-Trump? 

divingengineer's picture

Save your breath, anything Trump does will be derided as tyranny, xenophobia or racism.

Fuck em, let them call the bathroom their office, like Fonzie.

The press room is for journalists, not pundits or skulking SJWs, so it can be pretty damned small now days. Why maintain a base for your sworn enemy.

photonsoflight's picture

We do not need or want journalist. We need reporters that keep their opinions to themselves.

All_Your_Base's picture

and by 'censor' you mean expand the press conferences to include actual journalists?

photonsoflight's picture

Let the journalist go home and write in their journal's. We need reporters. Just the facts .

smithcreek's picture

The press spent 8 years in that room NOT doing their job.  NOT posing serious questions, NOT demanding accountability, NOT looking for answers.  What exactly entitles them to stay there?

Encroaching Darkness's picture

"keeping the press there only adds to POTUS moral authority overseas"

Having a pack of rich, privileged liars on hand does what now? Absolutely delusional.

JamesBond's picture

Time to "shut down" the indoctrination of the public school system too.  It's where it all begins.



SgtShaftoe's picture

It's been much longer than 8 years.  Remember the Patriot act?  Remember the US snatching people off the streets of european cities and sending them to uzbekistan to be tortured to death?  Remember 9/11 and the lack of reporting?  Remembr CIA bringing in drugs to LA and Iran Contra?  Remeber the NSA revelations?  This has been going on a very long time. 

Tarzan's picture

Ya know, I'm not a band wagon guy, yet I find it really hard to disagree with this guy...

But, he's gonna get himself shot, just saying'

froze25's picture

Censorship and access are two very different things. 

wren's picture

He hasn't done ANYTHING or proposed ANYTHING to censor the press. Hey guys, we have another MSM moron on here.

Everyone needs to drop cable and strat getting their news off the internet. Anyone still watching CNN is a fucking moron. That goes double for MSNBC.

vealparm's picture

I actually believe that very few individual people actually watch CNN in their homes. When the TV ratings are done, the measly numbers they get are simply the total of all the TV's in the airports, public buildings and hospitals that are tuned into CNN on a daily basis........and very few people are paying any attention.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"if you trumptards want it or not removing press/opposition is not a go."

The MSM is doing a good job of removing itself.

Pulp media is nearly dead and CNN and MSNBC ratings, never that high to begin with and declining for years, are now in the dumper.

No one is interested in consuming childish lies.

Who anointed these "news organizations" as the sole members of the fourth estate in the first place?

It was a self-appointment.

In any case the Feds have been subsidizing these government mouthpieces in various ways over the years.

Trump is going to remove the subsidies.

Perfectly legal and proper.

When Trump leaves office in 8 years, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, Time, WaPo will be memories.

Elvis87's picture

They all have caused there own demise and are fighting for there lives. Some of them need to have there press passes revoked due to the constant lies. These msm shills will pay the price now. Mr Trump will  not forget all of the attacks on his family. They do not report the truth but only shape there articles to make Mr Trump look bad.  I say sit them in a corner with the dunce hat on until they learn there lesson. Mr Trump is punching back  now.  To bad for the losers.

Dakota Kid's picture

Hey you, Farttard, why should Trump waste his time with KNOWN liars.  Trump should dump them all and only allow those back in with honest reporting.   If you KNEW you were dealing with organizations that ALWAYS used everything you say against you everytime they had the chance, would you have anything to do with them?

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Sounds to me like they are making room for more press - real press freedom does not select corporate media owned by six corporatinos which in turn are controlled by even fewer banks as the sole media.  The entire corrupt establishment needs to be drained, starting with the "press corps".  You have no clue what freedom of the press means - government restrictions (due to "lack of space" or otherwise) on every media outlet's equal right to access is a direct violation of the free press (and a direct link to a State press), and the Corrupt Establishment has been drinking at that fountain for far too long.

And I don't see any hint at censorship, aside if you mean publishing outright lies, but that kind of chicanery should be banned.

fleur de lis's picture

CNN pushed the envelope and created a conversation they did not anticipate.

First of all, the WH press room is simply too small to accommodate the number of reporters that would like to attend the briefings.

Second, it has turned into a snotty press country club in itself, with long term reporters jealously blocking entry from anyone that they do not want.

Third, CNN exposed obnoxious, greedy, and unfair behavior by reserving 8 seats in a small room thereby blocking "unconnected" reporters from attending. 

Fourth, the WH pressroom served a purpose when the world was a different place, the reporters were more professional, and had to write and then phone in or fax the information to a waiting public.

Now they are no longer constrained, and news is broadcast live.

Fifth, at one time the reporters had a better sense of decorum and displayed good manners before the world.

Too many of the current crop are ill bred whelps who think they are the knowers of all things, bad manners and all.

Sixth, there was always an air of prestige that came with a WH press pass and access to the WH.

Now much of the howling comes from the news that they fear they may have to do their jobs in a normal press office within a corporate setting off the WH grounds.

They can't show off their WH passes at parties and strut their stuff like peacocks anymore.

Who knows what kind of office tyrants they were, demanding special treatment and trampling underlings even as they waved their WH press credentials around the workplace, letting everyone know that only the most superior people get WH press passes.

Seventh, furthermore, a bigger and wider setting would provide additional space for a more diversified press corps, which means they can't hog the cameras and airwaves as they did in the past. 

That would include bloggers, smaller media outlets such as local, specialized, and religious publications.

But they never thought that diversity would apply to them.

Diversity for thee but not for me.

Eighth, there is the matter of respect. The MSM has proven itself disrespectful and disdainful of working class, religious, conservative, libertarian, etc., Americans, as well as the institutions and traditions that made this country great. 

Ninth, they never missed an opportunity to pour salt into the wounds of this country that most of us are trying understand and heal.

They delight in using their power to instigate riots, make wild accusations, and create chaos at the expense of ordinary citizens, then stand back while the target populations go at each other's throats.

Tenth, they never did their homework -- and still don't -- when DC psychopaths made up the most depraved lies as a means to spread wars and revolutions.

They have as much American blood on their hands as the DC perverts who sell American blood by the river with wild abandon in exchange for money and power.

They don't even know the most basic history. 

We owe them nothing.

If any group ever deserved to be evicted from the WH it is the press.





NAV's picture

The media, Soros and Moore failed to tell the American people that if Hillary won, it would be the last election the American people would ever vote in while they were in power.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) JRobby Jan 15, 2017 10:55 AM

But MSM is filled with CIA operatives. Those sneakes won't accept it so easily:


fbazzrea's picture

precisely why the MSM should not be allowed in the White House. i'm sure it's a security nightmare having all these people traipsing thru the WH on a regular basis. security would be much easier if the volume of visitors is greatly reduced.

commonsense dictates moving their *ss to another building. take a number.

divingengineer's picture

I like the press corps drug testing idea too. 

For "security".

TeamDepends's picture

The top cop is probably never seen.
-Philip K. Dick
They ARE the opposition party:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M9zMwOQMNYM

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) JRobby Jan 15, 2017 10:39 AM

Someone would shoot Soros if he went out in public.  I think he is that disliked.


fbazzrea's picture

wish he'd make an American heartland visit. i suspect there are MANY people who would just LOVE to see him. (;

photonsoflight's picture

At his age Death has his address.

neidermeyer's picture

I just want his plane to divert to Moscow the next time he's flying anywhere in or near to Eastern Europe.