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    Four More "Exhausting" Years? Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term

    Four More "Exhausting" Years? Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term
    6:15 AM PDT 5/2/2020 by Jeremy Barr

    "I don't know anybody who wants to do another four years of this news cycle," a senior CNN producer says.
    The first year of the Trump presidency was a year of calibration for the nation's top journalists, who learned to keep up with a politician who revels in exhausting the press corps, launching news cycles with early-morning, late night and weekend tweets.

    The next two years, 2018 and 2019, were even more exhausting, as journalists scrambled to cover government shutdowns, congressional hearings, a Supreme Court nomination, the president's flirtation with North Korea, the Mueller Report and impeachment.

    At this point, journalists — print, online and television — are used to the Trump pace. Weekends are gone. Work-life balance is not a thing. (And that was true even before the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the biggest story of the last 20 years.)

    But that doesn't mean that national journalists want to do it for four more years.

    A senior CNN producer tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network's journalists are not rooting against the president in November but guessed they would welcome a return to a more "normal" presidency and accompanying news cycle.

    "As journalists, I don't think anybody cares about what party the president of the United States is," the producer says. "What they care about is being able to live their lives normally again. I think there's mental exhaustion around this presidency, and I don't know anybody who is enjoying it. I don't know anybody who wants to do another four years of this news cycle."

    The producer continues: "It's not a matter what his political beliefs or his ideological beliefs are. The exhaustion comes from his behaviors. That's it. His behavior is exhausting. ... I don't I think have ever run into anybody who says they literally hate Donald Trump the man. They're just exhausted by his behavior, and I think that's fair. Nobody I know is openly rooting for him to lose."

    Using similar language, a broadcast news executive says that a second Trump term "would be exhausting" for journalists.

    Maggie Haberman, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times and the journalist who has most embodied the Trump presidency, expressed doubt about her ability to cover another Trump term — logistically — in a previously unpublished interview with THR in late February, before the coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic.

    Asked whether she would "embrace" covering four more years of the Trump show, Haberman said, "I don't want to embrace anybody's four more years, frankly. There are very few people who have continuously covered administrations. My colleague Peter Baker is one of them, and he's one of the best in the business."

    Haberman continued: "But I didn't set out to be a permanent White House reporter, and I don't know that I actually, logistically, can do this for another four years, no matter who it is. Do I think that burnout is a real factor? It's a real factor for any White House. I do think that because of the accelerated speed of all of this, I think that there are a lot of people who might be exhausted by the first four years."

    Another prominent White House reporter polled by THR expressed uncertainty about whether they would be game for another four years.

    "If the president is re-elected, part of me would want to embark on something wildly different," the journalist says. "Four years of writing about this White House is long enough. And reporters with fresh eyes are often better on a topic anyways. The other part of me thinks leaving the biggest story in the world would be a career mistake, and what else would be as interesting or important?"
    Two things here:

    1.) I find it hard to believe that the writer or his subjects haven't run across any number of journo peers who actively want Trump to fail and be replaced by a suitable Democratic candidate;

    2.) If they stopped being "journalists" and reverted to being "reporters", much this angst would resolve.

    THR
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Two things here:

    1.) I find it hard to believe that the writer or his subjects haven't run across any number of journo peers who actively want Trump to fail and be replaced by a suitable Democratic candidate;

    2.) If they stopped being "journalists" and reverted to being "reporters", much this angst would resolve.

    THR
    You'd think they'd recognize the apocryphal Pauline Kael moment when they indulge it.

    ("I don't know how [Nixon] won. I don't know anybody who voted for him.")

    But they don't. Straight ahead, eyes closed.
    • “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions, weakness is pointing your finger at someone else in a time of crisis." — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, illustrating weakness by blaming Trump.
    • "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, you know, the thing." —Joe Biden, explaining the Creator.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    Guess what reporter peeps. There's this thing you can do if you don't want to do your job: QUIT.
    Stop whining while you cash your paycheck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Two things here:

    1.) I find it hard to believe that the writer or his subjects haven't run across any number of journo peers who actively want Trump to fail and be replaced by a suitable Democratic candidate;

    2.) If they stopped being "journalists" and reverted to being "reporters", much this angst would resolve.

    THR
    3.) All of them were quite happy covering Obama's 2nd Term and he was known to manipulate the news cycle. But they were happy because he was so dreamy....
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

    link

    Time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    3.) All of them were quite happy covering Obama's 2nd Term and he was known to manipulate the news cycle. But they were happy because he was so dreamy....
    4) and they were so certain that progressive domination would continue, through Hillary's victory and beyond, they could relax, indulge their bobble-head consensus, and let others feed them grist for their bylines.

    It's completely natural, maybe inevitable, that as we age, as our bodies slow a bit—but as we also get more adept as whatever craft we have based our career on—it's natural that we carve out an easier existence.

    If teachers tell you that after 25 years they're still sweating week-ends and summers on lesson plans, they're either lying or incompetent.

    Reporters likewise.

    But the price is steep. Reporters, at least in my personal experience, have for DECADES wink-winked in conversations, assuring you that they knew so much more than they could tell you. And that the "so much more" was scandalous, of course, or winking wouldn't be involved.

    Well, wink-winking includes sordid stuff such as knowing what an ass Hillary Clinton is, and how corrupt she is.

    Ah, but it turns out that being on the inside, the wink-wink circle, means you are complicit in the corruption.

    And once again, in for a penny, in for a pound. They bought the narrative fed them for years and they can't back out.
    • “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions, weakness is pointing your finger at someone else in a time of crisis." — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, illustrating weakness by blaming Trump.
    • "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, you know, the thing." —Joe Biden, explaining the Creator.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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