Politico’s Jack Shafer has a new article up titled, “Why Republicans Will Regret Icing Out the Press.”

The opener:

Republicans are fed up to their eyeballs with journalists, as three political writers reported early this week, and they intend to freeze them out of the 2024 presidential campaign and beyond. In a case of multiple discovery paralleling the simultaneous and independent invention of calculus by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, David Freedlander of New York magazine, Charlotte Klein of Vanity Fair and David Weigel of the Washington Post alighted on the theory that modern Republicans now have nothing but blind eyes and deaf ears for the press.

Pegging their pieces to the brush-off Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is currently giving to the mainstream press — who even refused to cooperate with the New Yorker for a recent profile — the pieces conclude that Republicans figure nothing good comes from talking to the press, so why bother? Take the easy path by speaking with friendly conservative outlets, their thinking goes, and depend on social media and their own podcasts to reach the masses. Even President Barack Obama, no Republican he, saw the good politics in freezing the press out.

In other words “If you stop talking to us, we’ll turn on you, start smearing you and will only say bad things about you”:

We’ll go out on a limb here and suggest Republicans WILL NOT “regret icing out the press”:

And here’s Christina Pushaw explaining to Shafer the *real* reason her boss doesn’t talk to the press:


Mainstream media, “your gatekeeper days are over”: