The White House press

Five myths about the ‘most glam­orous beat in Wash­ing­ton.’

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­orge E. Con­don Jr.

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.

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