Listen: President Trump, Barack Obama, Harry Truman discussed on Mark Levin
"They started in a way would Woodrow Wilson He had the first one but it wasn't the kind of event you. See today not a free willing press conference And you can, look at the White House history dot org site for one of about to tell you And they say the president Kennedy stands midway between presidents Wilson and Obama With, seven presidents before him and nine. Following him of course there's, now ten the, period preceding the Kennedy presidency the rules covering press conferences favored the president The, sessions were off the record events from Woodrow Wilson through Harry Truman the president said something he believed unwise he could alter the quote president Truman. For example, was able to back away from a comment about Senator Joseph. McCarthy that he made in March thirty thousand nine hundred fifty at a press, conference Truman said I think the greatest. Asset that the Kremlin has Senator McCarthy one of the reporters commented that the, president's observation quote hit page one tomorrow chew realized he'd better soften the statement he worked with the reporters and allowed the following as a direct quotation quote the greatest asset that the. Kremlin has is the partisan, attempt in the Senate to sabotage. The bipartisan foreign, policy of, the United States When the rules. Governing, press conferences, were off the record chief executives held them from once or twice a week in fact Calvin Coolidge who held the most press conferences for the. Number of, years he was an office had five hundred and twenty one. Sessions or an average of ninety three a year but once they went on, the record in the Eisenhower administration the. Numbers dropped drastically now they had to take time preparing for the sessions and, then be careful what they said when answering questions is in Harran Kennedy respectively had twenty four and twenty three press conferences a year The first televised press conference was how January nineteen nineteen. Fifty five, President Eisenhower came into the Indian treaty room room with pork coup sticks. And limited seating and announce the experiment that they were about to be part of in fact television made. An enormous difference in the significance of press conferences and presidential, publicity it has been. A disturbing influence presidents have made mistakes though only rarely but the sessions have been an enormous. Resource for presidents as they seek to explain policy and themselves to the public and it goes on The press conference Is not for the press The press conference is for the American people The press today. Claim to be many things including our representatives The press are. Not our representatives because for the most part they take sides For the most part we know what, side they take The purpose of the press conference isn't. To give a so-called, reporter for a so-called news outlet The opportunity to disrupt it To disrupt it I can remember when that reporter for the daily caller believe his name was Neil Munro All the press the gaggle was. There Obama was there nobody ever. Interrupted Obama nobody ever raised. Their voice and he did he interrupted and he raises voice Obama spoke down to him And. The other press in the room. Told him to be quiet I don't remember the press circling the ragged round him The purpose of a press conference Is not for the press In fact the purpose of a free press is not for the press It's for the citizenry To know what their government is. Doing among other things We cannot know what our government is doing when you have individuals like Jim Acosta or others had CNN and perhaps others at other news agencies Who are abusing the process To make points to push an agenda To embarrass a president If that's the point day in and day out and day, in and day out the president didn't willy nilly through his surrogates say that this CNN reporter shouldn't appear at the next event She, was talking about Michael Cohen that tape whether or not the president's worried about him."