After four years of con video games, cover-ups, conspiracy theories and contradictions, the next president of the United States needs to restore the nation’s trust in his office– and the only way to do that is with radical transparency.
That starts, however does not end, with choices being made right now about how the Biden White Home will communicate with journalism.
Simply going back to pre-Trump standards isn’t almost enough.
Even prior to Trump’s parade of propagandists turned the briefing room into a cesspool of disinformation, the job of press secretary– under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama– had degenerated into deflecting press questions instead of really responding to them.
I still remember my extraordinary disappointment during the very first briefing of the Obama administration, when press secretary Robert Gibbs made it clear he would be as protective and uninformative as his predecessors in the infamously nontransparent Bush administration.
And despite Obama’s guarantees of transparency, he wound up running in the middle of extraordinary secrecy — while attacking reporters for trying to inform the general public what they need to know
What we need now to rid ourselves of the stench of Trumpist skullduggery is a metaphorical opening of all the windows in the White House. (Trump’s confusion about what works inside the human body aside, sunlight is certainly the very best of disinfectants)
That means using the public– in some cases through the press, sometimes straight– as much direct access to the internal operations of the executive branch as possible.
Sure, that increases the threat of political challengers taking onto details and blowing them out of proportion.
But it likewise carries with it a massive political upside: A lot of what Republican Celebration leaders say these days is so unmoored from truth that simply bringing real realities to light can function as a hugely effective political rebuttal, and is most likely to get enhanced by the reality-based press than obligatory talking points and stagnant spin.
Simply revealing that the federal government is working once again will go a long way.
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