They did the same thing under Bush, and he called it ‘Peacocking’…
Historical journalism was intent on reporting the story without becoming the story. But today, becoming the story is more important than reporting it.
It’s good for ‘career advancement’.
If you’re not sure what that looks like… here’s an example:
His aggressiveness (read: bad behavior) made Donaldson one of the first “star” reporters at the White House (he was voted Best Television Correspondent in 1986, ’87, ’88, and ’89 by readers of the Washington Journalism Review). Sure, there had been other famous reporters (Helen Thomas, Bill Plante, Merriman Smith), but all of them conducted themselves with the proper decorum and respect when covering the White House.
Since then, it’s only gotten worse. Bill Clinton got a pass from the mostly liberal mainstream media, but when George W. Bush took office, the White House press corps went to hell.
Chief among the “journalists” who sought fame covering the White House was NBC News’ David Gregory. He rudely interrupted Bush at press conferences and berated White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan at daily briefings. Bush had a name for it: “Peacocking.” And it worked for Gregory: He blasted up the ladder at NBC and eventually took over as host of “Meet the Press” (at least until the show’s ratings got so bad the network canned him).
And now, with Donald Trump as president, it’s all exploded. There’s no decorum at all at the White House anymore. “Journalists” routinely go on extended rants, yell at the press secretary, grandstand in the briefing room with lengthy (and heavily biased) speeches.
If their priority is self-advancement, rather than
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