An­other red line

The Dallas Morning News - - Editorials | Letters -

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

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