The Corner

Politics & Policy

Meeting the Press

Impromptus today begins with a reflection on judges and ends with a letter from an eminent musicologist, who compares Tom Brady to Mozart. (Or Mozart to Brady?) In between are various other items, of course, including one on Trump and Putin. Putin gives a yearly press conference (in December). In this year’s, he flattered Trump, who gave him a phone call to thank him.

Here in the Corner, I’d like to make this point: In 2017, Trump gave just one press conference — one “solo” press conference (i.e., the kind when it’s just you, not the kind when you’re standing next to a fellow head of state or something, deigning to take a couple of questions). Of course, there are many ways to interact with the press. You don’t need to hold a formal press conference.

But I used to knock Obama for holding too few of them, and what’s good for the D is good for the R as well. Moreover, Trump seems to enjoy tangling with the press, and his fans love it too. They relish seeing their man bludgeon the “Fake News.” So more press conferences would be good for all, I think, and may 2018 bring at least two, i.e., double.

Most Popular


Democrats Are Dumping Moderates

The activist base of the Democratic party is lurching left fast enough that everyone should pay attention. Activists matter because their turnout in low-turnout primaries and caucuses almost propelled leftist Bernie Sanders to victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated New ... Read More

Questions for Al Franken

1)Al, as you were posting on social media a list of proposed questions for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, did it occur to you that your opinion on the matter is no more relevant than Harvey Weinstein’s? 2) Al, is it appropriate for a disgraced former U.S. senator to use the Twitter cognomen “U.S. ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Strzok by a Farce

An investigation is one of two things: a search for the truth, or a farce. The House is conducting a farce. That fact was on full display during ten hours of testimony by Peter Strzok, the logorrheic lawman who steered the FBI’s Clinton-emails and Trump–Russia probes. The principal question before the ... Read More
Film & TV

Stalin at the Movies

Toward the end of The Death of Stalin, two Communist Party bosses size up Joseph Stalin’s immediate successor, Georgy Malenkov. “Can we trust him?” one asks. “Can you ever really trust a weak man?” his comrade answers. Good question. Last week brought the news that the head of Shambhala ... Read More