Following a recent campaign rally during which President Donald Trump again devoted much of the address to mocking and deriding reporters in the venue, one Fox News editor suggested journalists should pull out of the events.
Some of the more recognizable journalists, including CNN’s Jim Acosta, have addressed the threats and taunts not only of the president but supporters gathered around the media pen.
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In response to Trump using them as “the foil,” Fox News Channel political editor Chris Stirewalt suggested news outlets should refrain from sending representatives to cover future events.
“We should stop having reporters at those Trump rallies,” he said during an appearance on “Outnumbered” this week. “Everybody should stop having reporters penned up like veal in the back of those things for the president to use as a prop, and then some of the reporters exploit that for their own personal benefit.”
In addition, he said White House press briefings have become “showboat theater” and recommended no longer televising them.
“It has become a forum of personal achievement and political utility for the administration,” Stirewalt said.