- - Monday, January 13, 2020

Jennifer Harper’s recent piece, “Time for journalists to jettison bad behavior” (Web, Jan. 12), is right on. In addition to political deadlock in Washington, we have rampant journalistic piling on.

These “journalists” who were acting out during the White House daily press briefings were definitely striving to outdo each other in order to get their 15 minutes of fame. If the White House ever considers reinstating these briefings, they should be on the record with no cameras.

News facts are information. If the news media requires visuals, let them do their job and go out in the field and find them.

In addition, every reporter should be required to stand up and identify themselves and their news outlet before they ask their questions. If a press briefing is “on the record,” so, too, should the journalists be on the record so the public will become aware of who acts professionally and who is there simply to get famous.


Bowie, Md.

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