The mainstream liberal media creates the impression that President Donald Trump and his administration including close aides are not accessible to media. A closer look will reveal, however, that it's not exactly the case even if some misleading headlines from MSM would project Trump as not being reachable by media.
In fact, just over a week since the Trump administration reached the first 100 Days, Team Trump has given great access to media, providing over 200 interviews to network, mainstream press, conservative media, Hispanic TV and even satellite radio-insiders even said that Team Trump's current record would surpass previous administrations.
The White House has given 257 interviews with 29 officials and President Trump in a week's time from April 23-30, when media's focus was on Trump's 100 Days stories. Team Trump gave the most interviews to TV with 151 interviews. 62 interviews were given to radio and print. Team Trump also did many meetings and conference calls with regional news organizations, editorial boards and conservative media.
Team Trump also gave ample access to conservative media as the President gave four of his seven interviews to Fox, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times and the New York Post. Large TV groups were also given good access including Sinclair, Gray TV, and Nexstar. These three combine for 437 stations.
During the week covered for the study, nearly all cabinet members and top White House aides have given interviews. Wire services, websites such as Yahoo, the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal news shop and Telemundo and Univision also benefitted from the access given by the Team Trump.
Big networks and cable TV organizations, of course, were not left behind as they were also given good access to top officials including ABC's George Stephanopoulos, CBS Face the Nation host John Dickerson, Fox & Friends, NBC's Chuck Todd, Today's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, and PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer thinks the Trump administration got the right balance in its relations with the media. He said the administration feel very good about their relationship with the media. He said that he knows that the media would always want more access, more transparency. He said they do their best to ensure the media will have access to the president, to officials and throughout the White House and the government. Spicer just stressed that Team Trump would, of course, want fair coverage. He said that tensions just arise when issues are taken out of context or when some members of the media try to force narratives that don't really exist.