The New York Times doesn’t give President Donald Trump credit for much, but on the issue of transparency, they had to make some concessions.
As you may remember, in 2013 Barack Obama made the bold claim that his administration was the “most transparent ever.” It was an especially bold statement to make in light of the facts suggesting the exact opposite to be the case. Obama was happy to appear on talk shows, but how many wide-ranging, hard-hitting interviews with government reporters did the man actually give? Very few.
The administration also set a record for the greatest number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that have been delayed or rejected entirely. Why? Well, to quote Obama in 2011, “the only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”
Meanwhile, though the liberal media may not favor Trump, he’s nowhere near as secretive as the Obama administration was. In fact, according to The Blaze:
A New York Times reporter admitted Monday at least two things that President Donald Trump is better at than his predecessor, former President Barack Obama — and they have to do with the media.
Thrush explained the media has fallen into a “trap” of depicting the Obama administration of being some “golden era” for press freedom. But when Obama held a news conference, he only answered pre-screened questions from news outlets that favored him, Thrush said.
“When Obama had press conferences, he had a single piece of white paper and he had six or seven organizations that he had preselected to call upon, and a lot of them were pretty favorable to him, too,” he explained.
But because Trump holds “free-ranging” press conferences, typically calling on reporters without pre-selecting them, Thrush said the Republican president’s meetings with the media are a lot more “democratic” than under Obama.
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[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]