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Ari Fleischer: Trump Battle Vs. White House Press Looming

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By    |   Monday, 28 Nov 2016 03:11 PM

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer questioned how president-elect Donald Trump will work with the White House press corps, which is dominated by the same mainstream media outlets he disparaged in his campaign.

"The clash will go beyond ideology and the media's dislike of Mr. Trump personally," Fleischer wrote in an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal. "It will happen because, while the press as an institution is largely in decline throughout the U.S., the White House briefing room is one of the mainstream media's last bunkers of power."

"Every incoming president has basic, generally agreed upon rules of the road," Joe Lockhart, who served as former president Bill Clinton's White House press secretary, told The Hill. 

"The Trump team has decided they'll blow up the road and build a new one. Where it goes from here will be a test of how far the new president and his team want to push things, and the strength and will of the press to push back."

"While approximately 750 reporters hold White House credentials," Fleischer wrote, "the briefing room holds 49 seats, and they are occupied overwhelmingly by mainstream media reporters, with barely any assigned to the new dot-com world."

Previously, the White House press secretary decided which reporters got each seats. Currently TV news outlets like CNN, ABC and Fox News sit in front, while newspapers like the Journal and The New York Times are seated directly behind them. During former president George W. Bush's administration that power was passed to the White House Correspondents Association, but Trump could put his press secretary back in charge of the seating.

"I don't know what changes President-elect Trump will make, but he has extraordinary latitude," Fleischer added. "If he decides to go around the press entirely, abolish the daily briefing, give seats to different reporters, appoint a combative press secretary, or not take a press pool with him to dinner, the reason he'll be able to get away with it is because the mainstream media lost the trust of the American people."

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