Immediately following last week's press conference, in which President-elect Trump faced off with the reporters, many in Russia were laughing their heads off. Others were totally astounded by what they saw.
Not, however, for the reasons you might automatically assume. Not because of America's abject humiliation on the world's stage.
A report in The Moscow Times points out:
In Russia, the independent media has gradually eroded under a president who seems to share Donald Trump’s disdain for disruptive journalism. But Russian Twitter users who tuned in to watch Trump’s meeting with the press weren’t partying or seething — for the most part, they were laughing.
Many prominent Russian Twitter users seemed to think the most amusing aspect of Trump’s confrontation with the press was the fact that reporters actually asked him tough questions, sometimes quite aggressively. This is a far cry from the tone at Vladimir Putin’s annual press conferences, where a room packed mostly with sycophants pampers the president with praise, disguised as questions, and opportunities to impress the nation, framed as requests for presidential intervention.Alexey Kovalev, a Russian journalist who writes about propaganda, fake news, and Russian state media, has a message for US new organizations about Donald Trump.
If you think that Trump press conference was a disaster for journalism, you'd better get used to it.
Kovalev says the Russians have been dealing with this kind of thing for over a decade.
With permission, here is his article:
After trashing the formats of both the primary debates and the presidential debates, it seems as though Trump's next target for Donald's demolition is the unscripted and televised press conference.
Unquestionably, Trump has every reason to wreck this format. It is one of the most challenging tasks for any president. A few question from any real journalists would expose Trump's lies in nothing flat. Hence the rather comical carnival atmosphere and third rate marketing techniques.
Besides that, there's another reason why Trump would like to destroy the press conference format. He would prefer not to be held accountable by anybody, not the press, not the public, not Congress, nor the courts. Trump, like most proto-fascists, doesn't like to be challenged.
If you don't believe that, just ask Putin.