There are people who think the WHCA should be doing more to check the Trump administration’s constant barrage of falsehoods.
On a daily basis you all allow Soviet Sarah to lie and it goes unchallenged. Only when one of your own is murdered do you show anger. Still, you all will go on as if nothing happened and allow this wh to run roughshod over the truth and the law.
— Jennifer Warren (@jennwarren207) October 19, 2018
Your history and record of silence for Trump's transgressions have only given him license for future outrages.
— Bill Wong (@ten24get) October 19, 2018
Trump encourages violence against the press, then feeds off the media’s constant attention.
The first amendment means nothing to this president, absolutely nothing.
— plz🌎recycle (@recycle_plz) October 19, 2018
Why won't the White House Press Corp refuse to attend the so-called press briefings by @PressSec Sarah who lies constantly. But even worse Drumpf clalls the press the enemy of the people. Yet the Corp kowtows and practically genuflects before Sarah & Drumpf. Grow a pair.
— (((Sabreen60))) (@QueenMerytAmon) October 19, 2018
Remember when the WHCA went on a rant about Michelle Wolf's eyeshadow joke. You defended this administration when it was convenient for you. Can't go both ways.
— Andrea Roberts (@MadMik2014) October 19, 2018
Great. Now how many of you will continue as stenographers for trump and his mouthpieces?
— Julie (@Manyakitty307) October 19, 2018
All of this is playing against the backdrop of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder in Turkey earlier this month.
Khashoggi vanished October 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Audio and video recordings would later confirm that Khashoggi was tortured and assassinated by 15 Saudi nationals. Their weapon of choice was a bone saw. An investigation into who gave the order is still ongoing.
Violence against reporters has also been on the upswing in the United States. In June, a gunman murdered five people at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.
And on Thursday, Jerry Walkowitz of New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press died from injuries he sustained in May after he was beaten and run over with his own car because of his race.