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Free media needs leaders willing to answer and reporters who can question

While we have seen leaders who are unwilling to answer questions, we have also seen reporters who are unwilling to ask good questions

Aakar Patel

The daily White House press briefing is a thing of legend, shown in hundreds of Hollywood movies. Around lunchtime every weekday, 100 reporters from the wire agencies, news and cable networks and the national newspapers gather to quiz the American president’s press secretary, standing at a lectern in front of that famous blue backdrop, on everything from the leader’s actions in a war to the state of the economy.  In difficult times — like the Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration, and I suppose pretty much every day since Donald Trump took office ...