Another red line
I get it. The media is the merriment these days. The talk-show hosts and late-night stand-up “commentators” hardly need to think or to have writers who might. Just repeating what the news has reported from over the past 24 hours — with a studied and/ or comedic tone of voice, depending on intent, of course — is more than sufficient to keep audiences, sponsors and top-floor execs delighted. Nonetheless, when the current caricature of throwback authoritarianism extends to the news itself, it’s time to pause and reflect.
Now that the White House has chosen to bar CNN’S Jim Acosta from taking part in news conferences because he dared to ask hard questions, questions that are on so many people’s minds, another so-called red line has been crossed.
Here’s my suggestion: The next time a presidential news conference or briefing is scheduled, have everyone show up but no one ask a thing, have no one say a word. Let his tweets and designated driveler do the talking. The country would not lose much and might be even better off for that. Certainly, best would be for the press not to attend at all, but that would be unrealistic and unpatriotic.
Robert M. Lebovitz, North Dallas