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Presidents' press conferences have a "disturbing impact"

Presidents’ press conferences have a “disturbing impact”

 

He’d led allied armies to victory over Nazi Germany, only to find himself a decade later, a little nervous in front of the cameras in an echoey space of the Old Executive Office Building, ready to make history once more.

President Dwight Eisenhower told the press corps, “Well, I see we’re trying a new experiment this morning.” “I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out to be a negative influence.” It was the first presidential press conference to be recorded for television transmission. Americans saw those signature Ike grins and heard him complain about being asked a “loaded question” in the scratchy black and white of 1955 TV sets.

With that, an enlightening, controversial, and often showboating tradition entered the modern era, one that President Joe Biden would continue with his first White House press conference on Thursday. Keep an eye out for any negative influences.

In what historian Martha Joynt Kumar refers to as the “high-risk, high-reward” enterprise of presidential news conferences, Biden is a little or a lot behind his recent predecessors in opening himself up to questions.

Back to Bill Clinton, each of the last four presidents held one solo White House press conference in their first 60 days, before picking up the pace to varying degrees later.

Counting joint, frequently very brief news conferences with visiting foreign leaders, Donald Trump had held at least five, Hillary Clinton at least four, and Barack Obama at least two by that time. This year, the pandemic has driven international leaders away from the White House.

The Biden White House runs a tight ship, and Biden, a self-described “gaffe machine,” is well aware of his history of gaffes.

He gave few press conferences during the 2020 campaign and was frequently hunkered down in the pandemic. Despite this, he debated fellow Democrats a dozen times and Trump three times with no obvious negative impact on his or the country’s prospects.

Americans gained insight into the president’s thinking about Russian President Vladimir Putin — Biden called him a killer who “will pay a price” for U.S. election meddling — as well as the surge of young migrants at the border, a possibly delayed troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and more in one of the president’s last extended and open-ended sessions with the media before Thursday, an interview with ABC News.

Eisenhower’s press conference on Jan. 19, 1955, was one of many in the history of presidential press conferences tracked by Kumar, a White House expert.

Until his presidency, presidents held off-the-record press conferences, at which they informed the media about the country’s affairs and the workings of government without revealing their names.

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson held the first presidential press conference. “The people should have a reasonably clear report on what the president is trying to do,” said Calvin Coolidge, who kept nearly 73 per year on average.

Franklin Roosevelt, a radio pioneer who perfected communications on all fronts and came close to matching Coolidge’s unrivaled rate of news conferences, called his favorite reporters to his office on a daily basis, relegating the ones he didn’t like to his “dunce club.”

Off the record meant allowing the president to rephrase his comments, which is unheard of today. Senator Joseph McCarthy, the audacious canceler of communists real and imagined in US government and culture, was the Kremlin’s “best asset,” Harry Truman announced at a March 1950 news conference.

“When one of the reporters said the president’s remark would ‘hit page one tomorrow,’ Truman realized he needed to soften his stance,” Kumar writes. “He ‘worked’ with reporters, allowing the following direct quote: ‘The biggest weapon that the Kremlin has is the partisan effort in the Senate to undermine the United States’ bipartisan foreign policy.’

When Eisenhower placed the news conferences on tape and allowed broadcasters to monitor them, such exploitation became untenable. Despite this, segments were not broadcast until later.

While Eisenhower wanted to take advantage of the nascent medium of television, he only did so in part. Live telecasts will not be permitted, according to press secretary James C. Hagerty.

John F. Kennedy was the one who ushered in the era of live, televised press conferences, and he excelled at it.

Kennedy held news conferences about twice a month, and he was smooth-talking, authoritative, and humorous.

Kumar claims that despite JFK’s charms and intelligence, he was met with a more hostile White House press corps. Part of this was due to the previous administration’s deception, which included initially informing Americans that the Soviets had shot down a U.S. weather plane when it was actually a spy plane. Despite this, open secrets about Kennedy’s behavior with women and his health issues were not discussed.

The adversarial relationship between the press and power grew stronger as a result of the Vietnam and Watergate debacles. The exercise’s performative nature, with the cameras watching, added to the effect.

Richard Nixon, like Trump before him, referred to the media as a “enemy.” Nixon, on the other hand, was the first president to hold White House press conferences during prime time. (In 1973, Nixon’s famous remark, “I’m not a crook,” was delivered at a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors at an Associated Press meeting in Florida, not at a White House press conference.)

Ronald Reagan, like Nixon, preferred prime time for its large audiences and prestige. He used the opulent East Room as a backdrop.

During this time, press conferences were as much, if not more, about watching a president think on his feet as they did about the policy substance.

Consider Trump: there’s been a lot of preening. Consider the harrowing, hour-long or longer theatrical, stream-of-consciousness monologues in which the president openly sought out friendly questions, mocked difficult ones, and peddled ideas based on what he saw on television.

There has been squirming, such as when Gerald Ford was asked if his pardon of Nixon could be interpreted as an admission of guilt by the disgraced president. “Uh, I think the acceptance of a pardon can be construed by many, if not all, as an admission of guilt,” Ford said slowly.

There have been several outbursts of frustration.

In 2015, when asked why he was “content” to tout the newly achieved nuclear agreement with Iran while that country was still keeping four Americans on false grounds, Obama was irritated. He had a grin on his face that wasn’t a smile.

“The idea that I’m happy when celebrating with American citizens imprisoned in Iranian jails is nonsense, and you should know better,” he said.

By today’s standards, the long-ago issue that Eisenhower discovered “loaded” in the Indian Treaty Room of the vast executive office building that bears his name was harmless. He was clearly asked to focus on his first two years in office and “tell us all about your expectations for the next two or even six.”

Compare that to a Clinton news conference on Feb. 6, 1998, a month after he lied in a televised speech that “I did not have sexual relations with that lady, Miss Lewinsky,” as evidence for his impeachment grew that fall.

In that news conference, he was asked when he would conclude that the crisis was too much to bear for his family and resign.

He said, stone-faced, “Never.”

Clinton was flanked by Tony Blair, the British prime minister, who grinned as if he wanted to be somewhere — somewhere — else at the time.

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Firestarter 2022, a remake of the original movie based on Stephen King’s underrated novel has changed a lot of things.

The story revolves around a couple and her daughter Charlie (Protagonist). The couple gained their supernatural powers as college students who agreed to volunteer for a scientific test. They were unaware of the fact that a shady organization was planning to inject them with a serum named Lot Six.

The serum unlocked their inbuilt powers and allowed them to control them but with it takes a toll for their body or soul. Their daughter Charlie McGee played by Ryan Kiera Armstrong had some impeccable powers. She inherited both her parent’s powers plus she had some fearful power to produce fire and explosion by just using her mind.

Ever since she was a child, her parents have had to keep her safe from the organization as they were searching for them. They wanted to use her as a destructive weapon. As she was growing her powers were getting difficult to control. The new head of the organization captain Hollister sends a relentless assassin known as Rainbird to take captive of her.

Why Did She Come To The Organization?

After her dad was held captive by The Shop(Organization). She was tricked by Rainbird who had the powers of telepathy and manipulation by talking to her;  impersonating her dad to come and save her. She believed that and came to his rescue.

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Rainbird’s Heart Change

Rainbird was given the task to hold captive Charlie for The Shop to use her as a mass destructive weapon. Although he just wanted to live a quiet life and leave his previous life behind. But The Shop exerted pressure on him to take on the task.

But while he was fighting with her mother Vicky, she tells him, “When you see her, you’ll understand”, and during the first encounter with Charlie, she blasted him away in anger and sets her house on fire, and he went into a dilemma whether he should follow the orders or he should save them as from The Shop.

He didn’t want The Shop to use her as a weapon like him. While talking to the new head Captain Hollister he said “She will come for him, as she will come for us all” and he also explained that “She is my sister, my mother.” In the end, he accepts his fate and kneels in front of Charlie for her to pass on the judgment.

What Happened In The End?

Rainbird was kneeling in front of Charlie waiting for the judgment to be passed on him. But then Charlie looked at herself in the mirror with blood on her face and reminded herself that she is not being herself and spared rainbird.

Charlie went out of the facility and sits at the beach nearby. As Charlie was still young with fearful powers, she will need guidance to be on the right path;  despite being young she already knew that. So, when Rainbird offered her hand she held which means she has already forgiven him yet she will not forget what he did. She already realized that he was the only one who could understand her, guide her, and would fight to protect her.

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A Message From Brianna Ending Explained

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Leonard and Kathy, with their daughter of three, having developmental issues, decide to move to Leonard’s grandparents’ place, where he grew up. The story basically revolves around the creepy incidents that occurred after they settled into their new home.

Story development is rather slow as the story takes a vintage approach to horror, with the transfer and appearance of a supernatural creature who has a connection to the place. The story tries to enlighten the effects of rape on the victims in a horror movie-style way.

The movie Can Be Streamed On BET+

The response from the audience is rather low for now since the film is a low-budget horror; that might not appeal to some horror buffs. Nevertheless, the storyline, cast, and design seem unique for 2021. This film has a lot of potential, given the opportunity.

How To Stream The Movie?

The movie, ‘A message from Brianna’, can be streamed on BET+ from May 12, 2022. Bet+ is a newly developed streaming platform featuring a wide selection of movies, including ‘A message from Brianna’.

The above-mentioned movie isn’t available on Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, etc. So, the BET+ platform streams this show which requires a subscription of $9.99 per month, with commercial-free series or movies.

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Cast

The movie stars Vernon Davis and Asia’s Epperson as the main characters, Leonard and Kathy respectively. Davis, a retired NFL (National Football League) Tight End, is now an executive producer and actor. Starting his own production company, ‘Reel 85 Production’, Davis is now focusing on developing the entertainment industry. Epperson is an actress known primarily for her role in GreenLeaf (2016), Straight Outta Compton (2015), and American Idol (2002).

Other cast members include Adaisha Strong as Crystal (the ghost), Kevin Benton as Bernard, Stan J. Adams as Pastor Hunt, and Liana Kristina Mayer-Reinach as Brianna.

The Ending

Coming to the end of the movie, the director and writer, DeShan Hardy, seems to embrace the idea of leaving the rest of the imagination to the audience themselves. The last scene showed how Leonard (Davis) had accepted the possession of his wife Kathy’s body; by the spirit of his childhood crush; Crystal, who was using the body of Brianna as a passageway to the real world.

They have a perfect life, the dream family now. then Leonard’s grandfather’s; who used to be the abuser of Crystal, before his wife killed Crystal when she was pregnant, look-alike person gives Crystal a smile which she returns back.

This raises the question, now that they’re both dead, is there any possibility that he might try to possess Davis’s body in order to get Crystal? Or will Crystal finally be able to take her revenge?

Without expanding our ideas further, it is better to let things be and accept that they are a happy family now. And, the ending cleared one thing for the audience: Crystal wasn’t the villain in the story, at least not the only one.

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Mayans M.C. Season 4 Episode 6: May 17 Release, Time And What To Know Before Watching?

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A spin-off based on one of the characters from ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Mayans M.C. is a TV series falling under two of the most interesting genres, Crime, and Drama. The perfect combo.

Mayans M.C, standing for Mayans Motorcycle Club, sprouts from Sons of Anarchy, wherein the club used to be an enemy of the sons but turned into an ally later in the show.

The series particularly focuses on the struggles of Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes, a part of the Mayans M.C.

With cartel violence coming into play and ruining Ezekiel’s dream, his need for vengeance takes over and leads him to an unintended yet inescapable life.

What to Expect?

The 5th of Episode was a pleasant one that concluded with a bang. The viewers witnessed all of the characters take the next big step in their life throughout the show. From the creation of relationships to the emergence of new problems and challenges,  various advancements were made. While the arrival of Sons of Anarchy was something many expected, fresh tensions have now arisen amid the ongoing battle.

EZ is juggling multiple responsibilities. Alvarez considers him as the Mayans’ future, and EZ must display this by keeping peace among the Mayan clans. He has also discovered a new love interest in Sofia, while still trying to figure out why JayJay approached him about his jailbreak.

EZ tries to keep the peace, but it doesn’t work out well. As a result, Alvarez decides to eliminate cancer from the gang. We’re curious if it has something to do with the “kill switch clause” that EZ suggested in the prior episode. Finally, the investigation of Marlon’s death by the PIs is most likely a fresh addition to EZ’s problems, something he is currently unaware of. So, at least for EZ, there will most likely be multiple issues to deal with, therefore making the show all the more interesting and gripping.

Now, while Angel’s narrative is still a side story on the show, let’s talk about him. Adelita now has a baby, so there is progress. Angel is already having trouble coming to terms with ever being a father because he believes his child with Adelita is dead. We’re curious how he’ll respond to this news. Finally, Sons of Anarchy is combating Mayans who aren’t on the same wavelength as them. In the upcoming episodes, we’ll see how this war will bring them together.

Mayans M.C. Season 4: Who is Threat to the Gang? - WPage

Cast

Starring big names like J. D. Pardo as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, Sarah Bolger as Emily Galindo, Michael Irby as Obispo “Bishop” Losa, Carla Baratta as Luisa “Adelita” Espina, Raoul Trujillo as Che “Taza” Romero, Richard Cabral as Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, Danny Pino as Miguel Galindo, Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes, and Emilio Rivera as Marcus Álvarez, the cast is a fabulous mix of chemistry and acting.

Where to Stream?

Episode 6 of the 4th season is set to premiere on the 17th of May, 2022 and all four seasons of Mayans M.C. are available for streaming on Disney + Hotstar.

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