Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that President Donald Trump has officially canceled the media’s annual White House Christmas party. The tradition, which has been around for decades, will come to a stop this year, as the relationship between the current administration and numerous major news organizations continues to become increasingly hostile.
Fox News reports:
The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion. At its peak, the invitation-only soirees grew so large that there were two back-to-back events, one for broadcast outlets and one for print organizations.
Journalists who attended the events, which featured a catered buffet of lamb chops, crab claws and elaborate desserts, got to roam the decorated mansion with a spouse or other family member, a friend or a colleague, adding to the invitation’s allure.
But the biggest fringe-benefit was the picture-taking sessions, in which the president and first lady would patiently pose with guests and briefly chat with them in front of a Christmas tree, with the White House sending out the photos — copies of which were invariably sent home to mom. This would take a couple of hours, with long lines snaking across the building’s first floor. Bill Clinton even posed for pictures with journalists days after he was impeached.
There was no announcement made by the White House that the press party would be canceled. In December of 2017, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump did host the party, but did not pose for any photos. President Trump briefly appeared alongside Melania to offer welcoming remarks.
President Trump’s decision to cancel the party doesn’t come as much of a shock considering his constant attacks on the media, labeling networks such as CNN as “fake news.”
It wasn’t long ago that Trump’s White House pulled CNN’s Jim Acosta’s credentials after he continually refused to hand over the microphone at a White House news conference. His credentials were on restored after CNN filed a lawsuit.
The President has refused twice to attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which Fox News describes as “a tony media awards dinner attended by every president since Richard Nixon.”
Reporters weren’t happy about the President canceling their party.
Glenn Thrush tweeted, “It was a nice even – and in general benefitted the WH more than the president in a ‘see-Pfeiffer-or-Rove-isn’t-always-an-a/hole’ kind of way. I suspect Trump doesn’t want to do it because he can’t control the kind of reception he’d get.”
Kevin Baron tweeted, “Bah humbug. It’s a shame. I took one of my sons to the White House media Christmas party, a special moment to share even for Grinches like us Washington press corps reporters. But even my kids understand why Trump is afraid of reporters.”
April Ryan wrote, “This is just sad on a lot of levels! Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press.”
Looks like they’ve made the naughty list this year. Maybe next year they won’t bash the President every chance they get.