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To round out the Covering Trump podcast, we’ve put host Debra Saunders in the guest chair. Fellow newsie James Lileks is gets her elaborations on the unique world of the White House beat—made all the more unique for the unprecedented President she was covering.
They bond over being the “weird” ones in a newsroom with a large consensus; Debra describes the kabuki that takes place in the briefing room; she explains the challenges Trump’s staff went through, along with the ones she had as a reporter hoping to get in a fair question.
Join us one last time as we delve into White House press corp and the world of Donald Trump.
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It was really interesting to hear a bit about what goes on behind the cameras. IMHO, the TV guys are ruining the press conferences since it’s all about their jockeying for camera time. Jim Acosta at CNN immediately comes to mind. Thanks for the podcast.
Thanks for listening! I really enjoyed doing it.
This was a great listen. Saunders sounds amazingly self-possessed in a very positive way. As for me, I look at progressives who try to get me to change my beliefs after something terrible happens as self-serving pains in the arse. Saunders apparently learned the trick to not letting it get to you. I so wish she could show me how.
I also greatly appreciated her descriptions of Trump and the Trump presidency. Critically balanced and fair. From where I sit she was extremely wise to leave San Francisco when she did, saving herself from another woke cult in another failed city newsroom.
I think I sound more self-possessed after covering Trump than I did at the time. So thanks for noticing.
And you’re right. I did get out of the Chronicle just in the nick of time.