During Monday's press conference, US Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders requested that reporters share what they were thankful for before they asked their questions:
That request was met by a slew of thankless liberals, but one columnist in particular felt so offended she was compelled to write an entire rant on how if she was there - she wasn't invited - she would not have shared.
From Washington Post: When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked the press corps Monday to preface their daily briefing questions with a statement of thankfulness, reporters obliged.
Or, should we say, obeyed.
For this, no doubt, Sanders was grateful.
Yet again, she controlled the crowd, though this time by candy-coating her usual condescension with faux fellowship.
I’m thankful I wasn’t in the room.
My first impulse when someone asks me to share is to not-share. This isn’t because I’m not a sharing person — you can have my cake and eat it, too — but because sharing, like charity, should be voluntary. For a press secretary to require professional journalists to essentially beg for their supper, surrendering their adversarial posture like a dog commanded to Drop The Bone, is an infantilizing tactic. The effect is to neutralize the opposition.
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