If the President of the United States, in an off-the-record comment, wants to call a jackass a jackass, as he did the other day in a comment about Kanye West’s insult to Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, he should be perfectly free to do that without some media jockey jumping all over him.
It used to be that Presidents could do all sorts of unacceptable things, such as carrying on extra-marital affairs (Kennedy), without the press uttering a peep. These days . . .? Even an insignificant, flip, off-the-record comment seems to be fair game - shamefully.
Reminder to the news media: even the President of the United States deserves to have a life and “off-the-record” is exactly that. Go find some real news to report.
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