We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference

We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference


So we just saw president-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference and you know what was interesting about this press conference? it was not a press conference. Press conferences do not have cheering sections. PRESS CONFERENCES DO NOT HAVE CHEERING SECTIONS. And i’m not even going to try to map out all the layers of obnoxiousness and bull***t that we just absorbed, but to me the two most important things that happened were number one, the part where he still refuses to release his tax returns or divest from his businesses. And number two, the part where he is straight up bullying these journalists and then the other journalists raise their hand and ask the next question is if that didn’t just happen. How, sway?? What are you doing? Every other reporter should have walked out at that moment, or else remained silent until that he asked [Imeant ‘answered’] that CNN dudes question. This should not be acceptable. And look, I don’t want to fall into the trap of making the press out as villains because they’re falling prey to Trump’s villainy. I have tremendous respect for the work that journalists do, I know how hard it is to sustain that work in this day and age. So I’m not trying to make you out as the scapegoat. But i do need to talk to you because you’re the only people in that room that I can reason with. So look, I said in my last video we all need to ask questions we’ve never asked before about the work we do from now on. This is the Chardee Macdennis era of American politics. There is a whole new game being invented right now, and if we don’t step up to play our part in writing the new rules for this game, the other side will be writing all the new rules for us. If you see the journalist next to you getting bullied by Donald Trump and you don’t push back, in that moment you are letting him write the rules for how you will be treated from now on. And for the sake of your profession and my blood pressure we cannot let that happen. That dumpster fire passing as a press conference must not become the new rule. And i’m not saying saying that’s an easy proposition or that I know what the perfect strategy is, but you have got to, at this point, ask questions about your work that you’ve never asked before. You can’t keep clinging to old norms while the other side abandons them. We all, right now, need to accept that we are in a new game, and step up for our part in writing the new rules. Because if we keep trying to play checkers, while they play Chardee Macdennis, we’re just going to keep getting stomped out, over and over, for the next four years.

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61 thoughts on “We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference”

  • sounds like the job of journalist is getting more respect from you than the job of president. you may think he's doing a poor job as president elect, but the journalists are doing a poor job themselves.

    The 'us vs them' narrative is toxic to your own thinking.

    Ever consider that maybe this "wasn't a press conference" because Trump doesn't like how they conduct themselves either? that this was his way of giving the finger to them, like you suggested they do to him by walking out?

    it's really strange to see someone working so hard to prop up and honor the sound, hard, journalistic work of BuzzFeed, and the "journalists" caught red-handed on live TV going all in on a dead hand on election day.

    they aren't reporters. they aren't objective. they aren't defending freedom or liberty or whatever. they are there to push a narrative. so is Trump.

  • Truth. Although, I see the next four years resembling the Bush era in terms of how journalists interact with the president: play dead and take everything he says as gospel (e.g. Iraq).

    Also, I've been a fan since highschool and credit the Underground Railroad with keeping me as a Hip Hop head, and I'm now 30…and you haven't aged since then, Jay. Jay Smooth, the man that time forgot. This is Bigsby from the chat room by the way.

  • sounds like the job of journalist is getting more respect from you than the job of president. you may think he's doing a poor job as president elect, but the journalists are doing a poor job themselves.

    The 'us vs them' narrative is toxic to your own thinking.

    Ever consider that maybe this "wasn't a press conference" because Trump doesn't like how they conduct themselves either? that this was his way of giving the finger to them, like you suggested they do to him by walking out?

    it's really strange to see someone working so hard to prop up and honor the sound, hard, journalistic work of BuzzFeed, and the "journalists" caught red-handed on live TV going all in on a dead hand on election day.

    they aren't reporters. they aren't objective. they aren't defending freedom or liberty or whatever. they are there to push a narrative. so is Trump.

  • No. What the journalists should have done is keep asking the same questions until they got some decent answers. Questioning is literally the only weapon journos have… the sooner they abandon it the sooner they fade into irrelevancy.

  • Totally agree and love you like always. Despite their differences, they really have to work together now more than ever. Many are already predicting certain press groups getting thrown out or refused altogether at conferences.

  • … And thanks to this video and some google searching, I felt compelled to watch a full episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the first time just to get the reference. I consider it political research.

    But yeah, holy hell, that press conference was bizarre.

  • Before we start attacking the RNC we need to start attacking the Wall St Democrats first . Republican Lite an'it Doing nothing for us either.

  • This man will be a "game changer" but I don't mean it in a positive context. He'll be manipulating terms & laws to his advantage.

  • CNN are not reporters. they create stories such it from an finger. without any proof. they just create an story. your fuckin moron. the whole world is laughing at you and your CNN. get it in to you brain moron

  • What about his opening monologue? It was like spending five minutes in a mental hospital. Disjointed, distracted, rambling – and saying little more than everything was going to be tremendous.

  • Instead of blaming the fake news CNN reporter, you're blaming Trump for setting him straight. Fucking retarded liberal leftist Jay Smooth.

  • But wait… did you all see Fox News defending CNN behind this bullshit?

    2017 is lit so far. I'm here for the twitter troll president and am waiting to see how many ways he can get impeached 😂

  • Thanks for posting this video and state the obvious facts. Thank you. I hate the press is being bullied this way, and Trump just dodges the questions by giving long, confusing, off-topic answers.

  • he doesn't have to call on people he can call on who ever he wants the journalist was not being bullied he was being rude and interrupting the other journalist

  • Everyone treated the media as an irrelevancy for years, getting their news from the internet & gleefully talking about how print media was dead and wanting talking heads telling us easy to digest news tidbits. Now we need journalists & a free press they are no where to be seen because people want their news for free & weren't willing to pay for actual journalism. There was no money in it. So now we get fake news & "reporters" that don't want to investigate, they just want to reprint whatever press release crosses their desk. They dumbed down the media to make a buck and so this is what we get, pretty faces regurgitating whatever it is the dumbed down president vomits up & calls a thought.

  • Matthew Worsley says:

    you sir, are an idiot…bitching about a cheering section at a press conference?? lmao…lame af.. those reporters deserved to be bullied for spreading all that fake news… get your head out of your ass

  • Matthew Worsley says:

    i dont understand how the majority of black people are democrats… the republicans were the ones who freed your ancestors from slavery!

  • Dude, CNN is complete trash. No one really cares if their question got answered because they're a bunch of liars. Let me make allegations that Jay Smooth smashes babies heads with river stones. I can't prove it mind you, but I can't disprove it either. Hmmmm I think the public should know.

    Excuse me Mr. Jay Smooth, now that I've called you a baby killer to the entire world, would you mind answering some of my questions?

  • 1. Your comments are biased.
    2. You wouldn't support a reporter yelling at Obama like that.
    3. There's a new sheriff in town who won't back down like you wimpy hero Obama!

  • I've always liked your point of view on things.. post more and help us cope through these next 4 years.. hopefully less huh ?

  • EnigmaticMustard says:

    So many Trump trolls on here (and by 'so many' I mean the same 6 posting repeatedly). Is this what they do for fun? How tragic. Anyway, nice video, Jay!

  • Look man. Plain & simple. Don't start no shit wont be no shit. Our President will NOT be a punching bag for the left wing nut reporters out there perpetrating false "FAKE NEWS" stories about him! Payback is a bitch! Go Donald Trump! I salute you sir. A sincere American

  • alexander nerep says:

    Mainstream Journalism is close to dead, and its mostly there own fault. There will always be fake news, but people turned to it more because of mainstreams own fake news, them being biased, without admitting it, totally downplaying or leaving out what does not follow there narrative, and to much race baiting and labeling. Dam they pushed the Russia thing hard. And they where so beyond wrong in the outcome of the election, that there polls can not have been anything, but fake ones. So when Trump shuts CNN up, THEY DESERVE IT, THEY ARE OVER PAYED BYE HILLARY PIGS!

  • Carlos Rodriguez says:

    I very much appreaciate finally there is someone with balls like Trump and not another profesional politician, MSM are nothing but satanist DNC ass likers and bullshitters and the pc atmosphere is unbreathable, I despise the fake left at this point, you seem to me someone who is constanly apologing for been white and have a dick, maybe even born american, …is so sad to see beta males on youtube… state of decay…

  • dude CNN reported that he pissed on hookers in a hotal room once used by the obama's…….would YOU be polite to thatshitbag "news" agency??? also the conferance was at HIS building so he makes the rules, remember he isnt pres yet?! the cheering section were people in his public building NOT the whitehouse.

  • Three things. 1 we never heard fake news until the media overplayed Clinton's popularity then when trump won they thought oh they lied to us. 2 the hacking was only a big deal after trump won if it was reverse it would be som right wing conspiracy theory. 3 nobody gives a shit about the tax returns over 50 million people voted trump " roughly" and none of them gave a shit either.

  • Like Trump or not the journalist was being rude CNN is essentially the fox news of the left and did to Clinton what fox did to Bush which is report clearly bias news to support their agenda and the Clinton's just weigh what they reported on Trump to Clinton it's no contest , Trump may have said stupid shit but Hillary's actions where far worse.

  • Word. Journalists must jointly enforce their scrutiny right over the political power, as major guardians of democracy. No question should be left unclear with nonsense digress, leave alone unreasonably unanswered.

  • You're saying the remaining reporters should have walked out? You know they didn't and they cheered with claps as an annoying reporter was shut.

  • Anthony J. Sloan says:

    Actually Smooth, the problem is not theDonald, it's the fact that we don't actually have journalist as news people.
    We have stenographers and presenters.
    …that complicated by all the"journalist" with credentials from organizations with blatant corporate agendas who merely exist in the blowhard wind tunnel of misinformation.

    My advice is to examine your informational out let until you come across outlets you trust.
    Strangely enough when the Washington Post posted that list of Russian influenced news sources that was a good list of sources one needed to pay attention to for authentic information.

    My list is short. (No broadcast corporate entities make the list.) The list is:

    Truthdig
    The Intercept
    Black Agenda Report
    Democracy Now!
    Keiser Report
    And for opinionated entertainment I check Corey Holcomb & crew along with The Jimmy Dore Show

    For things Black i check Neely Fuller's Compensatory Concept program and Yvette Cornell on Dr. Boyce Watkins YouTube channel.

    There are African news sites i check occasionally as well as a guy who does opinion out of the U.K. too.

    Everything else i white noise to me.

  • There is reason for hope in all this. Read Jack Shafer's latest Fourth Column piece in Politico. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/trump-is-making-journalism-great-again-214638

  • I personally was stunned by the "cheer team" in the room! Since when are our Presidential news conferences accompanied by people put in the room to cheer when the president speaks??? SMH

  • It's really great to have you back, Jay Smooth. I've been missing you something fierce since 2012. I followed you in other media best as I could, but it's great to have your voice back here.

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