A typical response to his excluding some mainstream press outlets from a briefing, from Dan Rather:
"The time for normalizing, dissembling, and explaining away Donald Trump has long since passed. The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy...This is an emergency..."
An emergency. As, apparently it is not an emergency when Trump acts to steal health care from thirty million people or so, or when he destroys Social Security, casting perhaps fifty million or more people who are too old to work into abject poverty, or when he begins the process of creating a national police force responsible only to him, or when he casts his eyes abroad, obviously looking for a war to start.
None of these things is an "emergency," like the rudeness involved in not inviting the New York Times along to hear more of what we all know will be nothing but lies anyway.
The mainstream press has spent decades playing along with the Republican party as they marched openly toward exactly where we are now. They apologized for a war of aggression and for torture. They did everything they could to hide the theft of our national wealth to give to the rich. They averted their faces while the Republicans forged an electoral coalition built on hatred and greed. But interfere with their precious access to powerful Republicans, and all of a sudden the country is in an emergency.
So I say this to these guys: You built this monstrosity, which is going to make tens of millions of Americans suffer, while you keep your high paying jobs pumping out irrelevant, false narratives, and going home on the weekends to Long Island or Nantucket. It's been decades since we could get the truth from your reporting anyway, so don't expect us to feel that sorry for you when Sean Spicer, someone who you should have never listened to for one second, leaves you out of a briefing.