THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021
Who and what we are: In roughly half an hour, Joe Biden will he holding his first press conference.
Many topics need exploration. But this is the way the Washington Post is currently previewing the event:
Biden once called himself ‘a gaffe machine.’ Today’s news conference will test his discipline.
That's the way the presser is being teased on the front page of the Post's web site. But if you click through to Matt Visser's preview report, the word "gaffe" doesn't appear. That isn't his focus at all.
Some editor is in love with the gaffe—with the press corps' long-standing Gaffe Culture. That editor devised the teaser which appears near the top of the Post's web site.
Yesterday, Margaret Sullivan previewed the event in her regular column for the Post. This is the way she started:
SULLIVAN (3/24/21): The first news conference of a new administration is always a high-stakes affair for the White House.
How will the new president do under the glare of direct questioning from a crowd of correspondents? Will he utter a cringe-inducing gaffe? Will he actually make any real news?
But when President Biden steps to the lectern Thursday, the pressure will also be on the White House press corps themselves, as reporters recalibrate after the tumultuous, misinformation-filled years of Donald Trump to a president who is far less showy and, to date, much more truthful.
It’s a major test for news organizations and reporters in covering Biden.
Sad! When Sullivan pictured Biden's performance, her brain went directly to gaffes. Also, he might make some news!
According to Sullivan, today will be "a major test for news organizations and reporters in covering Biden." She has already flunked her test. So has some headline/tease writer.
These people have been like this forever. This is the way our press corps thinks.
Anthropologically, it's who and what they actually are. No, it's not going to change.