JOURNALISTS EXPLORE THE WORLD
Americans are vexed with the news media for myriad reasons. There’s some insight to be had on the press mindset Wednesday, however. The Newseum — just a few blocks from the White House itself — will stage a half-day event titled “The President and the Press,” which appears to include a cast of thousands.
Well, there are 19 journalists on stage, anyway, all intent on exploring President Trump’s relationship during his first 100 days in office and what the future may hold.
On hand to parse out the possibilities before a capacity live audience: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Breitbart White House correspondent Charlie Spiering, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — all friendlies.
The other 15 high-profile cast members hail from Politico, The Washington Post, The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and other news organizations, and they are likely in a challenging mood. The topics include “The press as watchdog,” “Covering the Trump White House,” and “The future of news in a divided and connected world.”
Things get underway at 8 a.m. EDT. C-SPAN will cover the event live, and it will be livestreamed from Newseum.org.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul notes that the sixth anniversary of the Syrian civil war came and went in late March and that ISIS remains entrenched in that nation, clinging to its “self-declared caliphate.”
Things are jittery stateside as well. The Texas Republican also says there is a persistent terrorist threat to America, citing 34 “homegrown jihadist” events in 18 states in the last year which have included public attacks, weapons charges, lying to authorities and financial support for terrorist causes.
“We must remain clear-eyed about the threats we face,” says Mr. McCaul. “Islamist terror has been franchised to followers not only in strongholds like Iraq and Syria, but in all corners of the world, and they are using everything from sophisticated explosives to their own vehicles to kill innocent people. We must intensify our efforts to deny these terrorists safe havens abroad, while more aggressively countering jihadist radicalization efforts here in the United States.”