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Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:19 PM

Toasting Sarah Huckabee Sanders. By the Press. Really.

“You’d better not say I was here,” said one White House reporter, who attended the awkward drinks at a nearby steakhouse.

WASHINGTON — There’s an old maxim about the press, sometimes attributed to H.L. Mencken: “Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamp post.” That’s why eyebrows were raised last night when the dogs hosted a party for a lamp post, with some of journalism’s loudest barkers gathering for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the outgoing White House press secretary.

Maybe it was a case of Stockholm syndrome. Certainly, it was an odd sight: journalists turning out to raise a glass to the unflinching defender of a president who accuses the media of being “the enemy of the people” or worse.

But most of the journalists who gathered at Rare Steakhouse, a dim surf-and-turf joint two blocks from Pennsylvania Avenue, had no qualms. So what if Ms. Sanders told Robert Mueller’s investigators that she delivered false statements to reporters, and that she went 100 days without giving a press briefing?

For the demoralized herd of reporters who have spent the last two years being smacked around by Ms. Sanders, her last hurrah was just another happy-hour opportunity to source up.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/style/toasting-sarah-huckabee-sanders-by-the-press-really.html

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:21 PM

1. well, while I would not have attended, perhaps majority were all too happy to celebrate her ouster

Hoist a glass to celebrate her departure! (and may the people of Arkansas be smart enough never to support her bid for higher office)

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:23 PM

2. Let her run and be defeated

soundly by a Democrat.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:26 PM

3. What A Bunch Of Hypocrites

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:26 PM

4. it's all about access

same thing as Chuck Toad doing the Prezident a solid and not calling him out on a single lie (the constant stream of lies)... because if he did... no more MTP interviews for you! (soup nazi meets real nazi wannabe in the white house)

so they go to the party, raise a glass... in the hopes that she will write a tell all book and that THEY will be the one to get the exclusive interview.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 05:41 PM

5. White house deciding reporters access should be unconstitutional

 

An end run around the 1A

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:02 PM

6. They are all laughing at our gullibility. They stress is out then join together and drink.

It's all about the $$$

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Response to Tech (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 06:48 PM

7. The "Press" meaning actual...

journalists, are not in it just for the money. The nameless, faceless, reporters who bring the news to the various publications, and to the TV near you, get no recognition, not a lot of money, and a whole lot of flak.

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Response to stillcool (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 07:54 PM

9. I agree for the most part, and have known journalists and have been featured in news

stories. I am talking about the people who went to her send off. Sanders was known to lie, and was known to avoid pressers. She did not treat journalists fairly. Not does her boss.

There are some reporters who I admire, but we are already seeing the msm pull the same tricks they did in 2016. So many important stories are ignored. I have been a news hound my entire life, raised to be informed. And I am kinda old, so old that we had a party to send off Walter Cronkite for his last broadcast.

So if I offended, I apoligize. But as in any business, there are good at the job and there are bad at the job. And I am a full believer in the power of the pen. And I would not be caught at a going away party for someone who treated my fellow journalists so poorly. The ones that went, I still say shame on them.

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Response to Tech (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 08:37 PM

10. I get you...

it is a sore spot for me, particularly because of the precarious position reporters are in these days. I'm especially pissed off because I can't watch the news anymore. CNN in the days of Ted Turner had me hooked 24/7. Now I can't watch 5 minutes without blowing a gasket. It's a shame what has happened. But I guess all those incremental changes got us here. Every damned one of them. And, I wouldn't go to that party either, even if it was an all-night open-bar.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 07:22 PM

8. "You'd better not say I was here,"


“You’d better not say I was here,” said one reporter.

"Me either," said another.





They don't report, we don't decide,



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