Media Matters

  • Remember when White House press secretaries would hold daily press briefings? The current—and third—WH press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, still hasn’t held one. But if there’s something worthy of WH response, there’s always Twitter and the op-ed page of the Washington (not Post) Examiner. Not that we miss Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but the public is entitled to regular, live White House announcements, updates and clarifications as well as the journalistic scrutiny of non-Fox media.
  • “Make no mistake: Neither the fictional character ‘Joker,’ nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind.” That was a Warner Bros. statement, in reaction to criticism of the movie “Joker” for glorifying violence. But imagine having to say that! It’s what you get when you live in a fraught era of visceral societal divisiveness, mass shootings, legal assault weapons and gratuitously violent Marvel-comic movies.
  • “Politics is being consumed like entertainment. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure reality.” That was, alas, Republican digital strategist Eric Wilson’s all too accurate take on the overlapping of politics and show business.
  • “I miss the Senate a lot, but I’m not there, so I want to be a voice.” That was former Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who now has a weekly radio gig on SiriusXM.
  • “They’re scum. These animals in the press. They’re animals, some of the worst human beings you’ll ever meet.” That was—never mind–you know who the hell that was.

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