"You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you."-@michelleisawolf https://t.co/rmu0P0odMD
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) April 29, 2022
"Reporters have long considered the role of White House correspondent to be the crown jewel of American political journalism. But during the age of Biden, it's become a bore." https://t.co/PaJZXmmhD3
— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) April 29, 2022
Just a little amuse-bouche, a friendly beat-sweetener for #NerdProm weekend! (Or maybe a subtle shiv from the reporters who didn’t get invited to the WHCA dinner, rich in easy clip lines for the haterz):
… Some of those covering the most powerful office on the planet say that the storylines, while important, and substantive, can lack flair or be hard to get viewer attention. There is industry-wide acknowledgment that viewership is down. Television outlets have been quick to turn their attention to other stories and bolster other units. There is a sense that the main saga of American politics is taking place outside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that the journalists covering it — Donald Trump and the future of democracy — may reap the career rewards.
The Obama press room launched a whole cohort of journalists into media stardom. The Trump press room launched another. The Biden press room?
“I can’t think of any [stars],” said a well-known television news executive. “I don’t really watch the briefings.”
The dulling down of the White House beat is not due to a lack of reportorial talent in the room. Nor has it meant that the work being done hasn’t been important: major stories are being broken regularly on everything from the Covid fight, to the war in Ukraine, to inflation, immigration and legislative battles over the social safety net. Rather, what is happening is the fulfillment of a central Biden promise. Running for office against Donald Trump — the most theatrical, attention-seeking, Beltway-panic-inducing president in living memory — he pledged to make Washington news boring again.
And, well, mission accomplished sir…
How *dare* he! Doesn’t he know who we are?!?
Gone are the Tweets that sent newsrooms scrambling. So long to the five alarm Friday news dumps that had editors frantically rearranging weekend plans. Bye-bye to the massive TV budgets for White House specials and the firehose of publishing deals for books about the administration. NPD BookScan, which tracks book sales in the U.S., said that prominent books about Trump released in his first two years of office outsold Biden books during his first year and a half by, what an official there said was, “essentially 10:1.” A newly released biography about Jill Biden, by two well-respected Associated Press journalists, sold just 250 units in its first week, according to the company.
For the vast majority of Americans, and even plenty of people in Washington, it’s all been a relief — the minute-by-minute churn of presidential politics is no longer so omnipresent and existential in their lives.
“It’s not such a bad thing that there’s a new sense of sobriety in the White House briefing room,” said Eric Schultz, a former deputy press secretary under Obama. “The histrionics probably got out of control. It is serious business… It’s probably good for democracy for this to be less personality based and more about the work.”…
Haberman weeps! (No, srsly…)
But for the White House scribes, the ones shaking out their tuxedos and cocktail dresses to gather for the White House Correspondents’ dinner on Saturday, it’s been an adjustment at best and deflating at worst.
“It’s a boring and difficult job. It’s tough to be a White House correspondent if you want to break news, they’re so airtight,” another reporter who covered both the Trump and Biden White Houses from the briefing room. “There’s no Maggie [Haberman]. Who’s the Maggie of the Biden administration? It doesn’t exist.”…
I LOVE that no one is gonna make bank just nodding along as the current President drones on for forty minutes about how he passed the 'is this an elephant' test.
I LOVE that you now have to work like all your starving non-stenographer colleagues do.
— zeddy (@Zeddary) April 29, 2022
the funniest thing about that politico piece on the failchildren of the white house press corpse is that i came away from it thinking that peter doocy is literally the only member of that august body who actually knows why he's there
— GOLIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) April 29, 2022
they genuinely miss the sociopathic President with a sad comb over and fifth grade reading level who literally tried to destroy democracy.
talking about actual policy doesn't sell. It's deemed too boring. pic.twitter.com/ZyBBNaHqmH
— Karl Bode (@KarlBode) April 29, 2022
If people here seem mad at the media it's because we all watched them having a blast in the Trump era and being pouty complainers in the Biden era.
— The Substack of Boba Fett (@agraybee) April 28, 2022