The White House has issued New Rules that all journalists must obey when partaking in the time-honored tradition of the daily White House press conference. These rules apply to pressers led by both President Donald Trump and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who received Secret Service detail as Maxine Waters called for liberals to invade Trump administration officials’ personal spaces in real life.
Jim Acosta is clearly the delinquent here, having been banned from the White House and re-instated for 14 days after winning a lawsuit. It appears now that Acosta is back permanently, according to real-time news reports. But Acosta has to follow the rules this time around. (READ: O’Reilly Criticizes Fox News Management For Supporting Acosta).
The White House rules state:
- “A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;”
- “At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will yield the floor;”
- “‘Yielding the floor’ includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;”
- “Failure to abide by any of these rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.”
— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) November 19, 2018
I delved into the psychology of the Jim Acosta scandal in my recent episode of Howley Reports:
SMART: Elon Musk Says He and His Family Will Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Once It is Available
Musk doesn’t trust Big Pharma.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is planning to reject the COVID-19 vaccine, even after Big Pharma inevitably claims that it will be safe for public consumption.
Musk is catching fire from the liberal elite after telling the New York Times that he is “not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids.”
“I think the reality of COVID is that it is dangerous if you’re elderly and have pre-existing conditions,” he said to the Times in July. “It absolutely makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re vulnerable, but I do not think it makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re not vulnerable.”
Musk has emerged as a prominent opponent of COVID-19 mass hysteria throughout the pandemic:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2020
Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family gatherings with close contact between kids & grandparents probably most risky.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
Well said! Please run for office. The politicians & unelected bureaucrats who stole our liberty should be tarred, feathered & thrown out of town!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on the surprising transformation of Musk throughout the Trump era, in which the environmentally-minded futurist has re-invented himself as a populist critic of political correctness and extreme leftism:
As of this afternoon, the universally loathed and distrusted mainstream media has another high profile critic.
“The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them,” Musk tweeted…
He went further, blaming the press for stoking the fire that led to the election of President Donald J. Trump.
“Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks “You’re just like Trump!,” he said. “Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no ones believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago.” …
Musk was replying to a tweet from Andrew J. Hawkins, a writer at The Verge, which is owned by anti-Trump rag Vox.
He then floated the idea of launching a media credibility site…
“Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication,” he said. “Thinking of calling it Pravda…”
Musk may just be crazy enough to do it. He ran a Twitter poll asking his followers if they thought his site would be a good idea. After nearly 280,000 votes, 87% of voters are in favor of the plan…
“If you’re in media & don’t want Pravda to exist, write an article telling your readers to vote against it…” he wrote, referring to his poll.
Most likely, such a site would end up having little value, as ratings would be based on subjective opinions of news consumers. The political left will down vote the political right, and vice versa.
With that said, we admire Musk’s strong blow to the mainstream press.
Whether Musk’s newfound embrace of populism is an act or is authentic, he certainly knows which way the wind is blowing. The public is sick of the status quo and responds positively to powerful individuals who push back against it.
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