On “Morning Edition” this morning, in re Donald Trump cancelling the press conference he’d scheduled for today:
HOST: “So, is this important, or is this just something that makes a difference to journalists?”
NPR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: “It’s important. This is when journalists get to ask the tough questions of the president, and maybe tease out the details of some of the hard stories, as part of our mission to keep the public informed”
The last “tough question” asked in a White House press conference was eight years ago. All of the “journalists” working at the White House then have moved on to other jobs. The ones there now will have to ask the old-timers how it was done.