Bob Franken

Op-ed: Trump won the news conference

Donald Trump should do press conferences more often. Not for the country’s sake, certainly not for the media’s sake, but for his. He really shouldn’t have waited 167-plus days to hold one, because the man gives great sound bite. Although I’ve participated in probably thousands of these staged encounters as a reporter, they’re not my favorite way of getting news — you almost never get any. The guy at the podium controls the proceeding. He can get his message out with little challenge from the assembled journalists who are limited to a question and a follow-up, maybe. Politicians can bob and weave through that without any of us landing a blow. And that’s our job: to penetrate the canned responses to their version of the controversy du jour and get at whatever truth they are hiding. Besides, Trump — who uses contempt for the media as a weapon, his preferred way to discredit reporting that displeases him —has a wonderful forum to do that. At the very least he should hold these confrontations as a supplement to his Twitter tirades. And frequently. It’s his opportunity to hold the media hostage as they cover live his rain of abuse on them.

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Op-ed: Tucker not Kellyanne

I had what I thought was such a brilliant idea that it breaks my heart the Fox News people came up with an even better one: They have decided to... Read more

Op-ed: Politics is a much tougher game

What a phenomenal postseason finale for the political football season! Donald Trump’s Trump University won the Electoral College championship. At... Read more

Op-ed: No honeymoon for President Trump

Forget about the honeymoon being over. There won’t be any honeymoon.

If you’re thinking my outburst came because I had a bad reaction to... Read more

Op-ed: The fright before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, very late in Trump Tower; The Donald was tweeting, even at that late hour.

“Bah humbug,” he pecked, the... Read more

Op-ed: Naming rights right now!

My loyal readers, both of them, possibly remember that I’ve long championed some outside-the-box ways to reduce the deficit before we’re... Read more

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