The White House press
Five myths about the ‘most glamorous beat in Washington.’
When 27yearold reporter William W. Price came to Washington from South Carolina in 1895, there was no such thing as a White House beat. Then Price, working for the Washington Evening Star, began calling himself a “White House correspondent” and getting stories about President Grover Cleveland, and a beat was born. Today, White House reporters are promising to hold the new president, like his predecessors, to account. But relations are tense, fueled partly by the administration’s desire to weaken a group it has called an “opposition party” and partly by misunderstandings about the beat. Here are five stubborn ones.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions at a news briefing Tuesday. The Trump administration so far has had an adversarial relationship with the news media.