CNN Gets Snubbed By The White House Sunday

The feud between CNN and the White House just shows the rules of the game has changed

Every Sunday morning political talk show had Vice President Mike Pence explaining all aspects of the Trump administration’s policies, except for Jake Tapper’s State of the Union on CNN. For the moment it looks like the Trump administration sees no advantage of sending representatives to be interviewed on any CNN programming, because they don’t need the network.
On Thursday President Donald Trump started doing his weekly address on both Facebook Live as well as YouTube. The man who lives on Twitter embraces social media more than he does what we now call “traditional media.”
In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer added some “Skype seats” for reporters who are outside of the Washington, D.C., area. Journalists from Rhode Island, Ohio, Oregon and Kentucky appeared on television screens flanking Spicer during his daily briefing, and their questions were interspersed with those asked by reporters in the room.

In a new Edelman Trust Barometer study, only 21% of Trump voters said they trusted the media before the election. After the election, that number had fallen even further, to just 15%. In other words, 85% of Trump supporters now don’t trust the media. By comparison, more than half of Clinton voters said they do.
According to Fortune, these figures help explain the popularity of Trump’s campaign pitch that he was going to shake up the Washington establishment because he was an outsider. And they reinforce the strategic decisions he and his senior adviser Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, made to do an end-run around the traditional media by using social media to get out their message.

For now, voters and people in general feel that the mainstream media are not doing their job. The Trump administration has picked the outlets that they feel are helpful to them. It is up to the media, News Talk Florida included, needs to look at all issues fairly.
Not choosing sides but looking at the issues, one-by-one, and reporting on the facts, calling out people on both sides. We need to watch both Republicans and Democrats closely, keeping everyone honest.
We are living in a new world and everyone in the media must adapt or they will not be around long. We will be doing everything possible to adapt and keep all sides honest. Not because we fear getting into President Trump’s dog house, but because it is the right thing to do.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.