Chrysta Castañeda was recently features on WILS 1320 talk radio discussing Donald Trump’s approach to the press. Below is an excerpt from her interview. Listen to the entire interview here.
Q. Trump appears to be combative with the press, how do you think of the way he’s dealing with them at this point?
He’s consistent in his methods and has certainly generated a ton of buzz about how he treats the press along with what he’s saying and not saying. In general I think it’s viewed to be a pretty haphazard approach.
Q. Well what do you think about the way the press is treating him?
It’s very interesting, I was thinking back to prior administrations and there were some reporters who were on the ‘do not call on’ list, and didn’t get to ask a single question for about eight years. I don’t think that’s much different from previous administrations, but perhaps Mr. Trump was a little more aggressive in explaining why he wasn’t going to call on certain reporters.
Q. Do you think the press has earned this reaction from the President Elect in terms of how they’ve been reporting on him?
That’s hard to say, like any spat between people you have to consider who started it, who responded to it, and how they ended up in this situation. I think the press have had a fairly negative view of the president-elect, but they are the people who report the news to the citizenry and so they’re due some respect on that front.
Q. Should he change the way he’s behaving with the press?
At some point he may find that he needs the press to get out his messages, and if so I think a different approach would be warranted.
Q. What about twitter, is that not going to be enough?
My opinion is that the people you reach through social media are not the same people you reach through the press, and your legacy is largely defined by the press not the twitter records. So those may be things he wants to consider.
Q. If the press has been essentially against you for years, how do you change their mind?
Like any relationship it requires a different approach. Maybe he holds more press conferences, maybe he’ll need to answer questions a little more directly, maybe use less combative terms. There’s no indication of that right now, his press secretary certainly came out swinging in this latest press conference.
Q. Do you think the press is truly unfair to Donald Trump, not just the way they deal with him, but in the tone they use to cover him?
I think there are certain viewpoints the press may have about him that get echoed article to article, and that may or may not be completely deserved. I think he also fosters some of his reputation of the press by the way he treats people.