The Trump regime seems to have gotten the function of the White House Correspondents’ Association backward. The WHCA exists to push for more access to and stronger coverage of presidents and presidential administrations, but—go figure—the enemies of free press currently in the White House see the WHCA as yet another way to bully and lean on individual reporters.
White House Correspondents’ Association President Jeff Mason on Monday night alleged that the White House had drafted him to criticize the work of other reporters. “There have definitely been times over the last several months where the White House has come to us — often to me specifically — asking that we or I intervene and criticize a member news organization or reporter,” said Mason at an event held at the White House Historical Association.
The topic brought to mind a specific instance: “In one case, and I won’t say the name, but in one