In officially the snootiest Trump-era proclamation from the Beltway press yet, Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker uses dehumanizing language such as “floaters” to describe conservative media members invited to White House press briefings.
Complaining about the Associated Press being passed up in favor of independent and right-wing journalists, Marantz writes that the newly-welcomed reporters from conservative websites are a threat to democracy.
But he also hints at the overflowing condescension of the left-wing press.
“Until recently…established White House correspondents have regarded floaters (a derogatory term for independent reporters) as a harmless distraction, the equivalent of letting a batboy sit in the dugout,” Marantz sneers in the liberal magazine’s March 20th edition. “Now they are starting to see…an existential threat.”
Buoyed in the 2016 campaign by social media and underground right-wing news, President Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have made it a point to actively include independent outlets such as Skype, Facebook Live, and Townhall in press briefings since Trump’s January inauguration.