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    The press corps should show up. However, only rookie reporters should attend. Rookie reporters would chomp at the chance, might be willing to ask a question or two, and, if not, does it really matter? They can take stenography just as well as the next person.

    The administration can be informed that the more experienced reporters are out researching government investigative pieces.

    In short, give the press conferences the attention and respect they deserve: training ground for new reporters. Why waste veteran reporters' time?

    Biblical paraphrase: don't cast pearls before swine.

    "You can count on Americans to do the right thing after they've tried everything else." -- Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 08:58:24 AM PDT

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    •  or, would the rookie reporters (2+ / 0-)
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      be so happy to show up that they would ask softball questions just "to fit in"?

    •  The WH Press Corps is a Waste... (13+ / 0-)

      How many of us remember I.F. Stone whose "Stone Weekly" newsletter repeatedly exposed corruption and lies in government and yet Izzy never went to WH Press conferences.

      His turf was agencies....the mid-level managers...the folks who did the grunt work and who had been around and knew where the bodies were buried.  Izzy got most of his good stuff by plain old digging....reading everything he could lay his hands on and interviewing folks who knew the truth.

      We have virtually none of that any more.  Probably the best example is Sy Hersch - and I'd also throw Murray Waas in the mix.

      I think Woodword has too often gotten too close to his subjects and works at too high a level.  He should be further down the food chain.  He clearly got lied to at times by top leaders seeking to create their own version of reality and too often printed the lies.

      But where are the chances for aspiring journalists to ply their craft?....the blogs offer opportunities.....indeed Josh Marshall has never gotten the credit he deserves for digging open the US Attorney purges which now have spilled out onto the floor in a horrifying mess.

      The WH crew spends too much time with each other and with folks they continually believe are essential to their task of on uncredited statements, off the record briefings, leaks and distortions all of which are part and parcel of this administration's contempt for the truth, the Constitution, the law and the American people and press.

      Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

      by dweb8231 on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 09:32:49 AM PDT

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    •  Those veterans LIKE that cushy (3+ / 0-)
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      job.  No work, nice paycheck, big-name fraternizing.  Who the hell would give that up?

      When I moved away and began working from home for my old company, the woman who came in to replace me was with the company for about 8 months.  Her fiance worked for a lobbying firm and she was sick of hearing about him meeting so-and-so and shaking hands with so-and-so and giving a presentation to so-and-so.  She left our company and went to work for a lobbying firm JUST SO SHE COULD MEET SEMI-FAMOUS PEOPLE.  That was her motivating factor.

    •  interns (0+ / 0-)

      interns cover hearings on Capitol Hill all the time.

      If there's an actual story let the on-air talent introduce it and provide context...before running the video clip.  But why 6-figure reporters need to hang around waiting for the next handout makes no sense at all -- especially if news divisions are cutting expenses.

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