No com­pla­cency from me­dia

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER -

It’s clear from the pres­i­dent-elect’s so-called news con­fer­ence that he con­tin­ues to play the press for suck­ers. He’s mas­tered a form of ver­bal “ju­jitsu” com­prised of bul­ly­ing, an­tifact dec­la­ra­tions and re­di­rect­ion of at­ten­tion away from him­self (and the real news) to oth­ers. But ev­ery time this hap­pens, the press seems com­pletely sur­prised and flum­moxed. Well, they bet­ter get a han­dle on it and be­come a lot smarter about re­spond­ing to his tac­tics, and fast. And they must band to­gether and de­fend their fel­low news or­ga­ni­za­tions, en masse, when­ever he at­tacks any one of them. Be­cause the price of dumb­founded com­pla­cency will likely be too high for all of us. Stan Bar­nett, San Fran­cisco

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