Glenn Thrush of the New York Times made a surprising claim about President Donald Trump in relation to his predecessor, Barack Obama, during a Monday appearance on the WAMU/NPR program, 1A.
“I think one of the things that I think [Trump is] doing better than Barack Obama are these press conferences and his outreach to individual reporters — even for organizations, like my own, that he criticizes,” Thrush outlined.
The New York Times correspondent has clashed with the Trump administration since the inauguration, so his statement certainly stands out.
Thrush appeared on the NPR program with two other White House journalists: CNN’s Jim Acosta (who has also sparred with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Mr. Trump himself) and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post.
In remarks flagged by The Blaze, Thrush outlined that “when Obama had press conferences, he had a single piece of white paper, and he had six or seven organizations that he had pre-selected to call upon — and a lot of them were pretty favorable to him, too.”
The New York Times correspondent continued by observing that President Trump has “free-ranging press conferences, [which] I think, are a lot more democratic than the way that Obama conducted them.”
It should be pointed out that despite Mr. Trump brushing off the White House Correspondents Dinner planned for Saturday, the association that hosts the annual event, along with several media outlets, actually sent a letter of protest to the Obama administration in November 2013 over their “blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.”
The New York Times and The Washington Post also took the Obama administration to task in May 2013 for “threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news” due to its treatment of Fox News correspondent James Rosen. And New York Times
reporter James Risen said in December that the Obama White House was “the most anti-press administration” since Nixon.
You can listen to the whole program in the embedded audio above (the relevant remarks start at the 22:00 mark), via NPR.
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