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At 8:26 p.m. Monday:

Well, that’s certainly the detail that matters most — press removed from White House! Highly unusual! Was there a reason?

The story:

The US Secret Service on Monday evening told members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the White House grounds, a highly unusual decision that did not immediately come with an explanation.

The decision came during an ongoing demonstration in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House where protesters were trying to bring down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson that stands in the middle of the park.

Now, I’m just an ol’ country journo without no fancy degree, but ‘seems to me that the protest might be a tad more relevant than the story lets on — why, a fella might think that the attempt to destroy a statue across from the White House would be the main story, not the order for some scribes to hustle out the side door.

Well, they’re straight-shooting objective documentarians of history, so let’s go back to the site around 12:50 CST, and see what the main story on CNN.com looks like.

I guess that’s more important than the defacing of the church. But they’ve updated the Lafayette Square story by midnight, right?

Nope. Here’s what happened.

Nothing about that on CNN. Also:

Mr. Lemon may be surprised to find how it’s not just an option, it’s a requirement. But he’ll manage to deal with that, when it comes.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    From what I can discern from your reporting on CNN’s reporting is that the Secret Service booted CNN from the White House because they were getting a little too close on that whole Trump denying the pandemic story…

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    • June 22, 2020, at 11:19 PM PDT
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  2. Samuel Block Support

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    • June 22, 2020, at 11:21 PM PDT
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  3. JennaStocker Member

    It’s a new journalistic technique: non reporting reporting. Ali Velshi models a textbook example right in the middle of the Minneapolis riots. Nothing to see here but us streetlamp lighters…

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/05/28/msnbcs_ali_velshi_downplays_riot_in_front_of_burning_building_mostly_a_protest_not_generally_speaking_unruly.html

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    • June 22, 2020, at 11:27 PM PDT
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  4. Percival Thatcher
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    CNN: Burying the lede with a backhoe.

    • #4
    • June 23, 2020, at 3:24 AM PDT
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  5. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Had the White House ordered something akin to (in the media’s eyes) MacArthur ousting the Bonus Marchers and then salting the grounds of Lafayette Park, CNN would have been live-streaming the whole thing. But since the Secret Service wasn’t involved in clearing the park, and it was the D.C. police under Mayor Bowser taking the lead here, the narrative doesn’t fit into the desired hole, unless you’re willing to toss the mayor under the bus as some sort of MAGA-loving syncopate.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 3:45 AM PDT
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  6. Miffed White Male Member
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    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

     

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    • June 23, 2020, at 5:27 AM PDT
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  7. Songwriter Member
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

    The Ministry of Funny Walks comes to mind.

    • #7
    • June 23, 2020, at 5:49 AM PDT
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  8. Doug Watt Moderator

    How many journalists are still in the White House at 8:26 PM, Don’t they have homes, or families? I have worked Presidential visits, and on one of those visits I was assigned to the Secret Service Counter Sniper Team. An agent and I drove around the downtown area in a marked police car, and we were available to investigate anything the snipers found suspicious in the area around the hotel that the President was lodged in for the night, like someone with a scoped rifle at the window, or on an adjoining roof of another building.

    The agents are there to protect the President and his family. They are not there to protect the press. They make the decisions, and decide who stays, or who goes so they can do their job.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 6:10 AM PDT
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  9. Stad Thatcher

    James Lileks: Nope. Here’s what happened.

    Police actually protecting property. The video brought tears of joy to my eyes . . .

    • #9
    • June 23, 2020, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  10. Judge Mental Member

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

    The Ministry of Funny Walks comes to mind.

    “Serpentine, Shelly! Serpentine!”

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    • June 23, 2020, at 6:44 AM PDT
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  11. ShaunaHunt Coolidge

    Percival (View Comment):

    CNN: Burying the lede with a backhoe.

    You’re one of my favorite people!

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    • June 23, 2020, at 9:15 AM PDT
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  12. Miffed White Male Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

    The Ministry of Funny Walks comes to mind.

    “Serpentine, Shelly! Serpentine!”

    That was the other alternative I had in my head when I chose Leap-frog.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 9:16 AM PDT
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  13. Songwriter Member
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    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

    The Ministry of Funny Walks comes to mind.

    “Serpentine, Shelly! Serpentine!”

    A film moment that brought both my father and I to tears in laughter. 

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    • June 23, 2020, at 9:20 AM PDT
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  14. Full Size Tabby Member

    Another lens through which to see the CNN emphasis is that over the last few years the most important story is always a story about the media. Or the impact of some larger story on the media. Media people spend an inordinate amount of time interviewing each other. Now that media personalities have made themselves into celebrities, they have reason to make themselves the center of every story.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  15. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Another lens through which to see the CNN emphasis is that over the last few years the most important story is always a story about the media. Or the impact of some larger story on the media. Media people spend an inordinate amount of time interviewing each other. Now that media personalities have made themselves into celebrities, they have reason to make themselves the center of every story.

    Jeff Zucker seems to be haunted by his contributions to helping Trump get elected president, from green-lighting “The Apprentice” while running NBC’s programming to CNN providing Trump with non-stop unedited media coverage from June 2015 to the spring on 2016, because they thought he’d be the easiest candidate for Hillary to beat.

    Zucker’s entertainment connection apparently has set up the idea of personalizing his reporters’ battles against Trump, so Jim Acosta or Don Lemon can be the heroes and Trump the villain of all the stories. If Trump wins in November and really wants to stick it to the CNN boss, he should give Zucker a shout-out and a big thank you during his victory speech (“Jeff, we couldn’t have done it without you, buddy“) for making his network’s coverage so overtly anti-Trump even swing voters were able to see the bias.

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    • June 23, 2020, at 11:22 AM PDT
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  16. Kozak Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    James Lileks: Nope. Here’s what happened.

    Police actually protecting property. The video brought tears of joy to my eyes . . .

    About damn time.

     

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    • June 23, 2020, at 12:08 PM PDT
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  17. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Iowahawk: “The job of the media is to cover big stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.”

     

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    • June 24, 2020, at 4:57 AM PDT
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  18. Concretevol Thatcher

    James, silence is violence. Have you learned nothing??

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    • June 24, 2020, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  19. Charlotte Member
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    “Secret Service tells Press to leave White House grounds in highly unusual move”.

    Is it just me, or is that really weird phrasing?

    I picture them forcing the “reporters” to play leap-frog on their way out or something.

     

     

    “CNN Reports News Story Without Injecting Bias in Highly Unusual Move”

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    • June 24, 2020, at 9:43 AM PDT
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  20. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Another lens through which to see the CNN emphasis is that over the last few years the most important story is always a story about the media. Or the impact of some larger story on the media. Media people spend an inordinate amount of time interviewing each other. Now that media personalities have made themselves into celebrities, they have reason to make themselves the center of every story.

    Yup. They mention themselves when ever possible. Conceded is among their many problems. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 6:51 AM PDT
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