Huckleberry Sanders and the Press

April 25, 2019

Bright and warm this late-afternoon/early-evening Thursday on California’s north coast. However, earlier on the beach was fog and low clouds, a chilled breeze off the ocean.
Reportedly, sunshine at least the next week-to-10-days, though, living around the shoreline always the prospect of at least morning fog…

Far to the east, attitudes are apparently shifting with the White House press corp, maybe climbing to a level of sarcasm, too — Sarah Huckleberry Sanders got burned this morning:

Story background via Mashable:

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders probably thought holding a mock press briefing on “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2019” would go smoothly but, hoo boy, was she wrong.
While Sanders was fine hosting a group of kids (mostly the children of the White House press corps), she hasn’t hosted an actual press briefing for actual reporters in 45 days which is a new record.

The kids apparently started asking Huckleberry a bunch of questions, some softball, like ‘favorite color,’ or ‘favorite dinosaur,’ but one kid asked her about child separation policy and she answered with a straight face, the president wants to “keep families together.”

Of course, reporters weren’t thrilled that Sanders is still ducking them, especially due to the laundry list of big news affecting members of the Trump Administration in recent weeks like, oh, say, the release of the Mueller Report.
At least one reporter made sure to let Sanders know about their displeasure.

After the kids, the loop-ball question from AP’s Darlene Superville: ‘“Sarah, when will you brief for the real reporters..?”
Huckleberry had no reply.
And this from Bloomberg:

After fielding questions from the children such as what kind of ice cream Trump likes (two scoops, one vanilla and one chocolate) and what he does for a living (“whatever he wants,” said Sanders’s son, who was at the podium with her), Vice President Mike Pence entered the room.
He was asked how many vacation days he and other White House officials get in a year.
“We work with a president who never stops working,” Pence told the children.
One child responded: “That’s weird.”

Not for this White House — Huckleberry is just another stonewall tactic gouged-up by the T-Rump as he attempts to keep his job, and, stay out of jail.
And the press briefing is a possible crack in that wall — from Newsweek on Tuesday:

It’s likely no coincidence, experts say, that the White House has chosen to forgo formal press briefings—a major symbol of government transparency.
“I can say, honestly, it’s a huge avenue for accountability for the America people,” Jesse Lee, a senior communications adviser at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, told Newsweek about the briefings.
Lee worked in the Obama administration’s press office for both terms, serving as a senior member of the White House’s digital team before becoming the director of rapid response.
“If you are the press secretary and you are caught defending an indefensible policy or an indefensible act by the president, you can get pilloried out there for an hour, and the American people see it,” Lee said.
“That’s what drives home to everybody watching that you don’t have a leg to stand on and that something has to change. That oftentimes does force change. It’s no accident that they’ve cut that off.”

What a mess…

(Illustration above and out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Seated Pierrot,’ found here).

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