Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on a trip to East Asia, and in a hilarious development, the State Department decided not to have the usual press contingent and instead offered a seat to the conservative Independent Journal Review. Of course, the left is having a conniption fit over it, and it is delightful.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported:
Journalists at major outlets first began to panic when news broke last week that Tillerson did not plan to take any of the press with him on his trip to Japan, South Korea, and China.
Bureau chiefs and editors for major media outlets such as the Associated Press, The New York Times, National Public Radio, BBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, and a few others informed the Department of State that they “were deeply concerned” by Tillerson’s decision to travel overseas without them.
Now, certain outlets are upset because Tillerson is not traveling alone; he is actually traveling with a reporter from a right-wing publication who is not a member of the press pool.
Erin McPike of Independent Journal Review is in Asia with the secretary of state. New to IJR, McPike is a White House correspondent; however, she does not cover the State Department. Because she is not a member of the press pool, she likely will not be sharing information with the rest of the press corps.
“This is just an attempt to reach beyond the usual suspects, and I’m not trying to say that in a demeaning way at all,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner explained Wednesday. He also noted that the decision by the department is “part of an effort to include a broader representation of U.S. media.”
Sounds reasonable, which means that the establishment hates it, of course.
“After saying it was unable to accommodate press on the secretary’s plane to Asia due to space and budget constraints, the State Department offered a unilateral seat to one reporter,” the State Department Correspondents Association whined.
“The State Department Correspondents’ Association is disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter.”
You’ll get over it … Or not, don’t really care.
“The State Department is the beacon of press freedom around the world. The message now, to China in particular when he gets to Beijing, is that press freedom doesn’t matter,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell complained. “Up until now, secretaries of state have made it a key demand that our press corps gets into meetings … that there be access for the media.”
“A key component of foreign policy is being undercut by this,” she continued.
They are being the “beacon of press freedom” by kicking out the Democrat propaganda-arm, fake news purveyors.
“Is this really the message they want to send to the public, as well as other nations? Really? They must, on some level, realize that no one is fooled by the explanations,” CNN diplomatic correspondent Michelle Kosinski whined.
And the American people aren’t fooled by the MSM’s fake news. So there’s that.
Apparently, those journalists that decided to fly out there commercially will still get access to the secretary of state, so the outrage is even more laughable.
After Toner noted that they wanted to reach out to “new audiences,” a salty reporter asked “Conservative audiences? A friendly audience?”
“A new perspective,” Toner replied.
Exactly. The Democrat propagandists in the mainstream media seem to think that they should be the only ones at the table, and now that the Trump administration is letting them know that’s not the case, they’re upset.
Tough break. The American people have had to put up with leftist B.S. in the media that they pathetically lie and claim is “unbiased” as they hold themselves up as the only legitimate outlets that comprise the fourth estate in this country.
Yeah, I just threw up a little bit.
Sorry MSM, the American people are on to your B.S. and we’ve finally got an administration that is not going to sit back and take it.
Get over it.
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