Past Master

Here is President Trump’s press conference on 2018-11-07.  I have watched press conferences of every president since JFK, and I have never seen such a masterful performance in the face of a uniformly hostile (and often aggressively rude) media.

It is not easy to do this, and he makes it look effortless.  He is a natural.

One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

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Author: John Walker

Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of www.fourmilab.ch.

12 thoughts on “Past Master”

  1. Trump compared to other presidents say what he wants. The others had to worry about fund raising. Also I think there is a symbiotic relationship with the press they love to have pressers that aren’t snoozers.

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  2. John Walker:
    One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

    I watched the press conference and wondered the same. I suspect they’ll fix the glitch by the time the next presser comes around.

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  3. I heard most of this today because I was out driving while NPR carried live coverage.

    The reporters pretty well demonstrated that they are the Enemy of the People.

    So did NPR.

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  4. John Walker:
    One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

    Maybe to keep focus, like the Lord of the Flies “whoever holds the conch gets to speak.” But honestly, they could’ve cut the feed on the handheld mic too, geez.

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  5. Pencilvania:

    John Walker:
    One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

    Maybe to keep focus, like the Lord of the Flies “whoever holds the conch gets to speak.” But honestly, they could’ve cut the feed on the handheld mic too, geez.

    Isn’t it to Trump’s advantage to have a ramble press corps? They go where he leads them. 🙂

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  6. Pencilvania:

    John Walker:
    One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

    Maybe to keep focus, like the Lord of the Flies “whoever holds the conch gets to speak.” But honestly, they could’ve cut the feed on the handheld mic too, geez.

    Or, forget a technological fix and just yank the credentials of the offending press-twerps. With any luck, most of the rest of the White House press corps would stay out in solidarity and could then be replaced by representatives of the righteous right like Conservative Tree House, Gateway Pundit, Brietbart, Weasel Zippers etc. And voilà — instant civility AND better questions.

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  7. Pencilvania:

    John Walker:
    One technological question: why on Earth don’t they have multiple wireless microphones they hand out to questioners that can be muted if the reporter doesn’t shut up after the question is dealt with?

    Maybe to keep focus, like the Lord of the Flies “whoever holds the conch gets to speak.” But honestly, they could’ve cut the feed on the handheld mic too, geez.

    That sounds like fun, and enabling electric shock from the microphone also sounds like fun, but then of course the EoP would simply clip that bit and play it over and over to prove that the President violates the rights of the free press.

    It turned out fine, didn’t it, with Whatshisname on video forever, committing battery against the lassie whose job it was to retrieve the microphone?

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  8. Ace Fungo:
    And it’s … GONE!  Ho ho ho Jimbo.

    Do you have a crystal ball or something? Or maybe you have special powers like telekinesis. Either way, can you use your power to make Nancy Pelosi go away?

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