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Media caught taking photos of Tillerson’s hearing notes

Written By | Jan 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2017 — The Trump administration needs to come down hard on the dishonest media. If the MSM remains unwilling to play by the rules of honest and fair engagement, they need be given a time out from covering President-elect Trump’s first 100 days.

Trump held his first press conference since July 2016 on Wednesday. Jim Acosta of CNN took the opportunity to stand up and berate Trump, demanding that he give CNN a question even though he knew in advance that the President-elect was not going to allow it. Acosta carried on like a spoiled child as if Trump owed CNN the right to ask a question before the other reporters in the room had a chance.

Clips from yesterday’s press conference confrontation make it hard to deny that Acosta overstepped  reportorial bounds in his harassment of the president-elect.

While the dust still settles on the Trump-Acosta-CNN kerfuffle, Twitter subscribers can watch images alleged to be Washington Post’s Doris Truong as she sneaks up to Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s seat during a break in his Congressional hearing. The shooter apparently proceeded to take smartphone snapshots of Tillerson’s personal notes when she thought no one was looking. Knowing that what she was doing was wrong, she had two lookouts observing her outrageous adventures.

While reporters are charged to look under rocks, peer into the darkness and demand the truth, both these reporters are prime representative of today’s “gotcha” media miscreants. Their goal is to pander to their dwindling number of far-left fans before the cameras, create sly, sensational innuendo, frame dishonest stories by presenting information out of context and, ultimately create misleading click-bait headlines that gain for their various organizations the page views and advertising revenue they desperately need.

It is highly doubtful that Tillerson left anything on the table worth investigating. But the fact that anyone would take photos in this furtive manner during an open session hearing proves why untrustworthy members of the media should not be given special treatment and an open pass to cover events like Tillerson’s already open and televised hearing.

As is true for any administration, incoming or otherwise, the Trump administration and Press Secretary James Spicer do have the power to ban media organizations whose members prove unable to conduct themselves in a manner respectful to the administration and the American people. Until circumstances change, Trump’s people would be well-advised not leave their paperwork around or employ lazy, easy-to-hack passwords à la John Podesta.

Additionally, as suggested by the helpful pundits on Fox, there are plenty of media representative from all over the country who would be happy to attend White House pressers and events and ask questions and behave in a respectful manner.

In the meantime, incoming Trump staffers should always remember: the MSM, Wikileaks and others will be working 24/7 find their way past your walls and evade your defenses.

You have been warned.

Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award-winning writer and wanderer. She turns her thoughts to an eclectic mix of stories - from politics to sports. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie mostly shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.