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.