In many ways, Trump can bypass the traditional press — using YouTube or Twitter to take his message to the world without pesky journalistic fact-checking or filtering.

He has masterfully manipulated the media for the past 18 months — bullying reporters, garnering billions in free publicity and portraying journalists as part of the corporate structure that must be brought down so that the people can triumph.

That’s a deeply misleading and dangerous picture. In fact, American citizens need an independent press more than ever.

Journalists, and their corporate bosses, shouldn’t allow themselves to be used as props in Trump’s never-ending theater.


Rep. Trey Gowdy makes the case for prosecuting reporters who publish leaks

  • On Monday Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled FBI Director James Comey about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
  • But Gowdy was less concerned with whether or not President Donald Trump was compromised by a foreign power and more concerned with whether or not the government can jail journalists for reporting on it.
  • “Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?” Gowdy asked Comey, referring to United States law that prohibits leaking classified information. 
  • There is, in fact, an exception in the law for journalists who publish classified information, found in the First Amendment, which expressly prohibits any action abridging freedom of the press.
  • Comey declined to answer Gowdy’s loaded question. Read more (3/20/17 12:17 PM)
WOSO Wishes for 2017

-AK, KO and Press to reach 100 caps
-Cap to get a farewell game
-Carlos to get 100 goals
-Moe to score in the NWSL and to keep scoring on the National Team
-Mal Pugh to return to the full national team and become the GolazoQueen™
-Cinnamon roll Sunny to recover nicely
-Jill Ellis to actually play players in their actual positions
-Commentators to find things to talk about other than Horan skipping college and Mal’s age and Solo’s suspension and Pinoe’s kneeling and Crys being cut for the WWC roster and the goddamn Olympics
-No more PK’s
-Keep calling up Ohai and Lynn Williams

It’s a long list, but after the year we’ve had, we deserve it.

Donald Trump might kick the White House press corps out of the White House

Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s forthcoming administration may finally decide to take its war with the media to the logical extreme and ban the press from the White House, Esquire exclusively reported. According to the magazine, “three senior officials on the transition team” say plans to transfer the press from the White House press room 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” are under serious consideration. Read more.
Conway: Trump White House offered 'alternative facts' on crowd size
White House press secretary Sean Spicer's false claims about the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump's inauguration were "alternative facts," a top Trump aide said Sunday.
By Eric Bradner, CNN

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd pressed Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway about why the White House on Saturday had sent Spicer to the briefing podium for the first time to claim that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving – Sean Spicer, our press secretary – gave alternative facts,” she said.

Todd responded: “Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods.”

Conway then tried to pivot to policy points. But later in the interview, Todd pressed Conway again on why the White House sent Spicer out to make false claims about crowd size, asking: “What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?”

“Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That’s not your job,” Conway said.

Todd followed up: “Can you please answer the question? Why did he do this? You have not answered it – it’s only one question.”

Welcome to our new world order.  It is now NOT the press’s job to question and find out facts.  Orwell’s 1984 where 2+2 = 5 because they told us so. 

Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press. When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along–honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it.

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron

The Post joins the list of news organizations that have been temporarily banned from covering Trump’s campaign. Among others, Buzzfeed, Politico, Fusion, Univision, the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader, the Des Moines Register, the Daily Beast and Huffington Post have all been denied press credentials at one point since Trump announced he was running for president in June.