What Is It Like to Cover the Trump White House? Submit Your Questions

Our White House correspondents Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker will talk with Dean Baquet, the executive editor, on Thursday about covering the Trump administration. Watch live at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.


Comments: 134

  1. When the writers appear as commentators on television, how does the awareness that the president may watch their appearance influence how they talk about his personal qualities?

  2. This all seems so crazy to me. Why don't the White House staffers seek help from the Democratic Party, or a few Republicans, and try to impeach him? You wonder if they really love their/this country if they help to continue this charade.
    I am very afraid for my country.

  3. At times do you feel like your head is about to explode?

  4. How do the reporters save themselves from the hopelessness they must feel covering the mental instability of the place, the White House, that is?

  5. What is your observation of the morale of WH communications staff behind the scenes?

  6. Please ask the President how he plans to fulfill US duties under Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to negotiate the elimination of nuclear weapons.

  7. How do you keep yourself personally grounded when facing daily fire hose from White House?

  8. How do Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker not lose perspective, their ability to objectively put newest developments into context given the constant, non-stop news stream and commentary from so many sides?

  9. When I listen to Sen. Corker's comments, it seems that there is an unspoken understanding between everyone in Washington (reporters and politicians) about Trump's behavior. Is this true and can you elaborate on it more?

  10. Why don't we hear 'That's just a complete lie' more at White House Press briefings and press conferences?

  11. Question. Too often the president tells proveable lies, such as when he claimed Trump tower was bugged. How difficult is it to ask the president, to his face in an interview or rare news conference: where did you get that information?

  12. Given Trump's extreme reactivity, do you ever worry that your questions will provoke some crazy or harmful presidential action? For example, in January, Mara Liasson asks Sean Spicer, if massive voter fraud took place in 2016, as Trump claims, why doesn't the administration investigate it? The next day, Trump says he will investigate it, and now, lo and behold we have this bogus commission run by the country's biggest advocates of voter suppression. Do you consciously try to avoid asking questions that may "dare" the president to take action, and if not, should you?

  13. When are reporters going to call out obvious lies? To their face?

  14. Are at least refuse to air live press briefing till after everything has been fact-checked.

  15. How many more days do you think Kelly has before he calls it quits?

  16. This administration tends to blame "leakers" for stories that they'd rather not have reported. Can you explain the difference between reporting based on anonymous sources versus those based on unauthorized leaks? In August, Jeff Sessions claimed that leaks had tripled under Trump. Is Sessions correct?

  17. Does the President have a sense of humor? Does he have the ability to laugh at himself ?

  18. NO.

  19. Let's start being honest and call a lie a lie. Why not cause these people to face up to the falsehoods they have been spreading for the past 9 months? It's time to label the white house for what it is, a group of very scared people who dare not cross the moron they wok for. THIS IS AMERICA. Let's start requiring them to be Americans.

  20. @Karn, I agree with your first statement but not that you use a synonym in the very next line.
    I don't note this as a personal jab but as an example of how both the WH and the Media has succeeded in programming us to use a list of synonyms instead of using the most factual word. "lie".
    I catch myself doing this, so again, this is not a personal shot but a more global observation.

  21. It would be awesome if all of the reporters agreed to ask the same simple questions of the pretender in the white house and demand an honest answer. It may all be covered as "fake" news but potentially there "could" be some real dialogue.

  22. I know that as objective journalists you can't do this, but as an average American who sees how many lies and falsehoods the President says every single day, shouldn't we move into not believing anything he says until it is fact-checked as true, instead of the opposite?

  23. It must be very difficult to listen to the same spin, Trump self promotion, and blatant lies told by Sarah Huckabee, and Trump on a daily basis when you are trying to find truthful answers. We know they lie, you know they lie, and they know they lie, yet most reporters will refer to their statements as "falsehoods", "misspoke", "mistakes". I understand diplomacy, but why are writers, in your opinion, tip toeing through the barrage of lies leveled at the U.S. public on a daily basis?

  24. Why has the press not covered Trumps war with companies that produce jobs in the U.S. such as the NFL , ESPN, media outlets, Boeing, and so many other businesses that he has negatively and publicly targeted or tried to ruin. Why isn't this a significant news story?

  25. I agree with a comment below: this administration must be held accountable for its unrelenting lies and dangerous misrepresentations. I would like a running tally of lies and mistruths front page digital and print edition. But more so, I want reporters to call out lies when they happen. Bring along fact checkers. Hold on like a tiger baring its claws and don't let go of a single lie until they admit they're lying. Then go on to the follow up: why did you just lie to me and the American people?

  26. Why do you look for a change in the narrative instead of simply describing what happened? The situation is less normal than you often present it to be.

    Hasn't the president demonstrated ignorance often enough to no longer merit any benefit of the doubt? Why not ask him questions like, "How do you think x [e.g., health insurance] works, exactly?" or "Who specifically is saying/not saying you're doing a great job at x?"

  27. I would love to hear all your thoughts on the balance between calling out lies/on-the-spot fact-checking/asking hard questions and pushing for good responses/etc. and maintaining a relationship with POTUS/WH for the sake of potentially bigger scoops and insights in the future?

    As a POTUS driven almost entirely by ego, how have each of you decided to tow the line between 'absolute truth' and relational maintenance? Do you all have specific examples of when you decided to not push on a topic for the sake of not risking the relationship for future insights?

  28. As an aspiring journalist, it can be disheartening to see the hard work of accomplished journalists being discredited as "fake news." What keeps you motivated to do your job and what advice do you have for the next generation of White House reporters?

  29. How can you bear it?

  30. I would add: how do you cope with the frustration of Sander's so called briefings? Do you gnash your teeth or what?

  31. There seems to be a form of "upsmanship" between news media reporters that allows Trump to manipulate them time-after-time. Can all of you successfully "collude" to never publish any of his "danglers" wherein he launches a teaser for some future decision and waits for the ratings and stories above the fold to crowd out the real agenda? Is the competition to be first beating back the notion of what is news and what is hype?

  32. Most of these comments are asking essentially the same thing, which is: how does a news reporter stay sane in the irrational world of Trumpian politics? Do you just report what you're told? Do you question virtually everything? Do you pick and choose your battles? Do you laugh yourself silly on the inside while maintaining a quiet dignity in your presentation of self? Do you lend credence to the sheer insanity of it all by playing the game with a straight face? When do you throw caution to the wind and call out the partial truths, the blatant lies, and the sheer nonsense emanating from the White House? I don't envy you your jobs, but I envy your resolve to continue doing them in the name of freedom of the press and its profound contribution to democracy.

  33. Do you ever point out the lies that Trump tells when he's telling them?

  34. When NBC reports trump wanted to up our nuclear arsenal by a factor of ten, do you believe NBC or trump?

    In a pitch-black room, I miss hitting a dartboard almost every time. And I'm trying. trump's success record with truthful statements is even less. If his statements are factual, it is purely accidental.

    His lies, however, are less damaging to all Americans than is his malice.

    Whatever your excuse, greed, racism, gun-love, hatred of women, party loyalty, failure to condemn trump is just that: failure.

  35. First of all I applaud the NYT for their efforts.

    What methods can the New York times employ to frame
    Its reporting, thats is often steeped in bias that of the reporter whom exhibits traits that of a ignored child lashing out at the parent, through the lense of the middle class worker who has been been effected by the devastation of unhinged globalization.

    I would like a broad enough spectrum (sources not only of opposed commentary) within the confines of point / counterpoint against every issue reported. The good, the bad and the ugly.

  36. I have this vision of NYT reporters covering Trump getting together regularly at a favorite watering hole after work and expressing their opinions about POTUS.

    A daily video about these gatherings on Discovery Channel would bring me millions, so I humbly ask if you all would consent to participating in the show? Working title: Covfefe Unplugged.

  37. 1) Maggie/Peter, do you feel you have adequate staffing to challenge inaccurate information on the spot? In essence, in order to expose false narratives immediately...do you have the capacity to provide facts?

    2) NYT subscriptions are not free. Breitbart is, what ideas do you have to ensure accurate information is shared with All Americans irrespective of income? I believe if more Americans had free access to truthful information, propaganda would not have much influence. How can we help you guys?

  38. Do you see on this administration, beyond the President, tendencies that can be qualified as authoritarian? Are you concerned about the constant attacks to free press and freedom of expression when they collide with the views of the President? Do you think this Administration can be brought to moderation by the Congress?

  39. I am Argentine and a very interested person in history as a source for understanding present and future. Do you find any similarities in the behaviour and actions of this Administration and South American elected-turned authoritarian governments, in which nepotism and corruption are prevalent?

  40. With this malevolent charade of calling the truth lies, coupled with the role of big money in elections, has our democracy already died?

  41. Has anyone considered asking the remaining, living, presidents of both parties or, if more palatable, just the Republican presidents, to serve as a supervisory group for Trump? It isn’t an ideal solution and I doubt he’d ever accept it, but the alternative - Trump on his own- is worse.

  42. Do you ever worry that you’re missing the bug stories that history will remember? I’m curious what kinds of questions do you ask yourselves in an effort to try to keep that from happening.

  43. are hip flasks coming back into vogue among the press corps?

  44. Would reporters please consider that when they cover Trump's lies and outrageous statements with a lot of attention and hype, they might be fueling his fire? His outrageousness gets him attention, and attention of any kind is what he craves. He wants minutes, hours of air time and inches of front page columns with lots of pictures.

    Don't report the nonsense sensationally; give it minimal space, neutral language and put it on back pages." Today Mr. trump said/played golf ..... " Cover actual policy considerations, debates and decisions, the cabinet and agency debates and decisions in depth, because the public needs to know and better understand the long term consequences of this Administration's cabinet, committees and agencies.

    But please don't give the bluster and nonsense your megaphone. Trump will probably become even more outrageous (maybe he'll self-implode) but sometimes INATTENTION and dismissal can be very effective in exposing and neutralizing destructive pathologies. Minimalize him, shrink his personality presence in the media while educating the public about the ramifications of policy decisions. You can do that while maintaining journalistic integrity.

  45. I agree. How about a moratorium? Despite the real tragedies, it was nice not having #45 on the front pages for a while. I quit my Yahoo! account because I was not interested in what they were dishing up; I just wanted my email. I don't subscribe to FB or any of the other social media platforms that rob folks of having to think for themselves.
    We are woefully out of balance here; it's all too much. Readers and citizens have to unplug, disengage from >bloop<

  46. We can look back at Ronald Reagan who took office at age 69 and who suffered incipient dementia during his time in office. Trump is now 71. Is the Times willing to do a fresh, major investigative series of Page 1 stories about Trump's mental state and what that portends for the remainder of his first term and the future security of our nation and the world?

  47. Initially things that the candidate and now president did and said seemed so outrageous and unacceptable but now they are the norm -- he keeps doing and saying crazy things and getting away with them. How do you avoid falling into a sense of resignation and acceptance, that this is the new normal and OK? And, are you always hounding Republicans to express their concerns openly? Why don't more of them speak up?

  48. I don't like reading about Trump. I can't imagine what it must be like writing, editing, and rewriting about him again and again and again. Yet, I admire you what you do and I hope you keep showing up for work. Each of you is my personal matador. Thanks.

  49. Whenever I read one of the Times' interviews with Trump, they journalists seem to be trying to walk a line between appearing to be responsible journalists and avoiding any challenge to the undefined or incoherent premises of what Mr. Trump says. They seem afraid of confrontation to the point of being dishonest. Of course journalists act that way toward politicians more and more, but it's more striking with Mr. Trump because so much of what he says makes no sense at all.

    I don't really have a question for Mr. Trump, because it seems obvious at this point that only a fool would expect to learn anything from what he says. But it would help restore faith in journalism if reporters would actually ask him serious questions & demand serious answers--and especially not let themselves be led into pointless & self-serving discussions of political strategy.

  50. This President scares us and we have read that he needs to be distracted with other items.

    So... can we start asking lots of questions about his golf game, how many days in 2016 he spent with his son Barron, how his wife obtained her citizenship, where his favorite manufacturer for products his hotel uses are located?

    Better yet: name a close friend that is Hispanic, is disabled, or is middle class?

    Lastly, do you know you keep many citizens up each night with fear from your Impulsiveness and uninformed decision making?

    I empathize with you every day.
    Fondly, Colleen

    PS Name a democracy that has their family as key advisors.

  51. Remember " Billy Beer" under Carter?

  52. Trump and his administration have sometimes undercut individual reporters publicly. He has also peddled lies on the spot. Has there ever been moments when the press has thought of staging some sort of protest? Maybe by agreeing to all ask the same question until it's answered; Or, by defending a fellow reporter after one of his scoldings? At what point do reporters strike back, on the spot, in the pit, live mics on? At what point do you publicly defend your honor when he publicly attacks it? Also, how does his "fake news" and his "failing NY Times" lies change the dynamic when reporting? His it difficult to remain objective when he tries to push your buttons?

  53. From where I live, a substantial increase
    in nuclear weapons seems crazy, except, when so many (other) crazy world players trying to do it? What is MAD deterrence if there was never a conceivable situation where we'd use them militarily, to prevent another bad actor going into MAD capability? Should Trump fear his cabinet, per the 25th amendment? How about sounding them out, quietly?

  54. When does the Times finally acknowledge that our president is adept at using Twitter to bypass progressive leftist corporate media?

  55. And a follow up:

    Do you think that the president genuinely believes that using Twitter to insult and berate others, divert attention from his mistakes and self-made scandals, send mixed foreign-policy messages that are counterproductive, and broadcast outright lies is a true substitute for a free press? Or is he simply delusional?

  56. What is your greatest fear about Trump and the GOP that is abetting him ?

    I realize that this is a slanted question but then Trump is a mentally ill conman.

  57. What astonishes me is why none of the reporters ever irrupt in staightforward rage when once again they are treated to a lie? Or break out in guffaws? Or start to cry!

  58. As a Canadian watching with despair, outrage, and disbelief what is going on south of the border daily, I have to ask - because this affects us too re:NAFTA and future fallout from bizarre, delusional, and demented 'reasoning' from the Whitehouse - is the United States allowing itself to be destroyed by a fascist and racist administration?

  59. Have you had difficulty keeping a straight face/been tempted to laugh out loud in response to White House Press Secretaries' responses?

  60. What do you personally do to decompress, relax, find some inner peace, etc. from what has to be one of journalism's most demanding, exasperating, depressing, and unconventional reportorial assignments? Thank you.

  61. How well did your journalism education/career experiences prepare you for covering daily insanity?

  62. Please have someone tally how many cleaner energy jobs Trump's policies help save, e.g. In coal, vs how many his policies were largely responsible for killing, e.g. In solar, wind, efficiency. Thank you!

  63. Two questions, kind of related.
    First, are the White House press briefing at all informative or are they just more propaganda?
    Second, how do you separate the white noise chatter from actual news?

  64. I notice that during White House press briefings SHS often gives her own personal views when asked about something Trump has done or said. what is the protocol for saying "we want the official WH explanation, not your personal opinion"?

  65. Questions:
    Mr Trump lies, when he states which taxpayers benefit from the Tax Cut. Why can't journalists breach the president's claims?
    Mr Trump lies, when he claims that a "wall" will protect the U.S. from drugs, smuggling, crime, and jobs. Same question.
    Mr Trump lies, when he claims that journalistic investigation results in 'fake' news. Same question.

  66. I would like to know how difficult it is to maintain the facade that what you are doing is in any way a normal journalistic exercise or that the White House officials you deal with are deserving the respect ordinarily befitting their roles in light of the constant lies, deceptions and unadulterated nonsense being spewed in lieu of serious factual briefings on matters of state?

  67. The WH response explaining the President's inane tweets or comments is that the President was joking.

    What proof, incident, or video exists of the president saying ANYTHING that is truly humorous, or has a modicum of wit, or that he has any ability to laugh, that could support the "joking" defense?

    I have followed DJT for years, and considered him interesting and outspoken , but a long distance from humorous.

    The Press Secretary needs to be reminded that in order for a joke to have occurred a laugh must follow.

  68. What is the change in the news cycle from this administration as compared to previous administrations?

  69. What culpability to NYT writers and editors believe that they have for creating the current administration? What will NYT writers and editors do in the future to avoid repeating this debacle?

  70. As a follow-up, what responsibility does your weather reporting have for the recent devastating hurricanes?

  71. It took four days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico for President Trump to acknowledge the disaster. It appears that it will be at least four days after Californians were dislocated, injured, or killed before the president will so much as comment on the deadly calamity.

    1. Is the press not able to solicit more immediate personal responses from the president regarding events that call for an immediate federal response?

    2. Has The Times tried to get Mr. Trump’s opinions, plans and feelings regarding the California firestorms?

  72. What grade on his Presidency to date. Overall-- comprehension of world affairs, interaction with global leaders, management of U.S. Crisis, interaction with journalists, Congress, ability to learn on the fly, Geez never mind-- "F" We all know it..........

  73. Don't you ever want to just tell him off?? Especially when he's obviously lying. Like the 'fine people on both sides' comment

  74. How do you work with sources nowadays. My only knowledge of this is the movie, All the President's Men. I'm sure you're not putting plants in windows. Can you just call them up or text them? Do they call you? Can't their phones be tracked? How do you cultivate a source? It seems like for reporters in other industries, if a critical piece is written, sources and leads dry up or sour. But this doesn't seem to happen in DC - or does it?

    There's so much leaking out of the Trump administration it's hard to believe people have the time to actually get work done. Do you have favorite sources that you work with? Are these people prominent and more obscure?

    Wasn't Kenneth Vogel sitting in an outdoor restaurant patio talking to a source when he got his scoop? When do you need to be private with a source and when can you be publicly seen talking to them?

  75. How do you keep track of all the details that are being reported from both the NYT and other media outlets? For example, the Russia investigation throws off so many details whose value isn't immediately clear, but maybe months later these details fit into the larger puzzle.

    As a citizen I find it all very difficult to get my brain around. It would be nice if there were weekly or monthly recaps to put everything into perspective.

  76. After seeing what Kansas went through, it's hard for me to believe that the tax-cuts-driving-growth argument still works. Yet the Trump administration and many congressional republicans still spout this argument. I don't recall seeing reporters actively respond to these politicians with the lessons learned from Kansas. Why is this? Why aren't reporters actively pushing back with the facts from Kansas?

  77. Since the president does not accept real or imagined slights, and challenges to his truths, what can effectively be done about it.
    Do you think he is truly a danger to this country, and the world, and if so, what can anybody (congress?) do about it.
    Is he succeeding in breaking apart both political parties.
    What are his fully formed beliefs.

  78. It's the same as babysitting. You never know what the baby-in-chief will do or say at the next moment. He's a spoiler brat who thinks the world of himself. Sadly, he's the same person who has the nuclear codes at his side!

  79. Could you please share how you verify your anonymous sources, and your journalistic standards when using them in reporting? Since the President likes to dismiss anonymous sourcing as "fake news", it might help clarify some of the misinformation about this part of the journalistic process.

  80. How has sources' openness changed since John Kelly became chief of staff? Did his imposing "discipline" in the White House have any effect?

  81. Is the 25th Amendment possible?

  82. With the latest threat from Trump to curtail the broadcasting license of NBC and presumably any other organization that opposes him, has The NY Times given thought about joining with other media organizations to sue the administration over possible First Amendment violations?

  83. Is Stephen Miller a Native American? If not (ha), why is he so intent on not allowing others into the US?

  84. How is it possible for Trump to unilaterally back out of the Iran nuclear "deal"? Are there no checks and balances to prevent a president from taking such ill-advised action? I would appreciate a NYT journalist's in-depth explanation of how far, and if, Trump can take the U.S. out of the "worst deal ever made." His own personal agenda is to win at all costs, and forget about it if that means the other side(s) lose.

  85. How is covering the Trump White House similar to and different from other beats you've worked for the Times and other publications vis-a-vis sourcing, access to the principal, etc.?

  86. The editors and journalists here at The NY Times have helped me learn so much. I find it disheartening when there’s nothing this current administration helps me learn. I feel as if we accept that these individuals who teach us so little are the ones that drive the narrative which is accepted at such a massive scale.

    Is there ever an attempt for you to drive the narrative in any of these discussions with these politicians? It seems they hold a giant laser and the rest of us are cats darting to where they point it next.

  87. It seems to me from reading your earlier interviews Ms. Haberman, that the POTUS is desperate to be liked and appreciated by serious jounalists such as yourself. And yet he can't help the infantile response when he hears something he dosen't like. You have managed to ask some fairly pointed questions and I wonder, does he start to bristle at the asking or does he maintain a semblance of decorum. And if I may ask a second, have you not had the absolute urge to busrt out laughing during one of your interviews.
    Thank you for your brilliant, insightful reporting on this American crisis.

  88. I think the White House Press Corp should boycott the briefings until the President does them himself. After all, if we elected him to the highest office in the land, and he has two degrees, shouldn't he be able to speak for himself?

  89. Question:
    Can you think of - or relate - effective counter-measures that White House reporters might employ to (better) deal with Trump's (so-called-) press-event "thank-you minions"? I.e., the White House "press-shooers" that regularly shout "thank you, thank you" (often) after only a couple of press questions. (And the usual non-answer answers.) Other Trump admin. members also appear to employ "thank-you minions" at their events as well..

    E.g., if I were in that role I'd (at least sometimes) try to "stand my ground" for awhile and keep asking questions... maybe (find a way to) get under the president's (thin) skin and possibly elicit a real response of some kind. Etc.

  90. How do you manage dealing with the incredible pace of news that this administration produces? It seems both nonstop and wildly unpredictable; are you all exhausted? Or perhaps overstimulated? Are some of the traditional norms of the job altered by this most non-traditional president? And,Maggie, how do you handle being the only member of the "Failing NY Times" Trump has actually liked?

  91. Can you stop reinforcing his extremism by giving it so much attention? I think it would be better if top tier reporters stopped "ambulance chasing" and committed themselves to real data and real facts.

  92. How do you deal with the constant lying from this President? It has been reported that he utters complete and provable falsehoods at least 5 times a day. Times readers have noted that there is almost a daily column that "explains" the lies or shades of untruths that come from him...Can we ever expect that he will be somehow shamed into speaking more truthfully?

  93. Have Trump's attacks on the media changed the way media outlets relate to each other? Is there a greater sense of cooperation against a common threat, or is there a greater sense of competition?

  94. Mr.Trump’s style is not that of a conventional President. Do you feel that the typical “conventions of reporting” are changing due to this President’s nature. If so, how?

  95. Many quotes from anonymous White House sources seem to indicate that the President is often confused by the limits of what his office can do (i.e. bumping up against Judicial or Legislative issues). In your opinion, does the President fully understand of the role of the Executive Branch within the larger US Government structure?

  96. How do you develop sources within the WH? Do you wait for them to seek you out? Do you develop relationships you think might be fruitful at some point? And what does a 'good source' relationship look like? Is it very chummy, drinks and meals? Is it more arms length? And is it once a source, always a source or more complicated?

    Thanks NYT for doing such a great job.

  97. I have always had the impression that when he would talk about an agreement (Iran, NAFTA, etc.), as the the worst, I have always had the idea that he never actually read the agreement. it is still my impression that he has never actually read any agreement but he is trapped by these hyperbolic statements from the campaign. do you think he actually has read any of these agreements and therefore has specific policy concerns? Thank you

  98. I second all of the questions below re: speaking truth to the Liar-in-Chief. I'm interested to know whether the many challenges of covering the Trump Administration have translated to a need for new hires for reporting, editing, fact-checking, etc. If so, how many?

  99. It seems to me that the Trump presidency is receiving more coverage than previous administrations. For example, I don't recall daily press briefings being covered live on multiple channels and other outlets when President Obama was in the White House.

    1. Is this because the media believes Trump drives ratings? That to not cover him constantly will cost them viewers?

    2. Does this constant coverage "normalize" his actions which often are "off the rails" so to speak? Does it give him opportunity to continuously cause controversy to cover his mistakes?

  100. POTUS has a particular way of speaking as you know. When you see or hear him, the meaning of his words are usually clear. Transcribed, they often take on new meaning.

    Your reporters rightly analyze his words verbatim from transcript not always noting the divergence.

    But is that fair when you can hear that he clearly meant something different? How do you maintain balance and minimize bias with someone who speaks so imprecisely?

  101. Trump has no credibility. Zero. Absolutely none. Aside from the fact that he's the most powerful man in the country, why should the public hang on his every word when he himself seems to consider those words meaningless? If we shouldn't hang on his every word, why are reporters? Is this dangerous in light of the tendency that Trump uses journalists to spread news of collateral and relatively inconsequential issues - like the NFL - to divert attention away from seemingly more important and concrete problems?

  102. I’d like to see a story on court challenges to Trump’s executive orders and moves by his Cabinet secretaries to roll back regulations, and how many of them have been stopped as well as how many have gone into effect, if any.

  103. I would like to see regular updates on all of the networks, news broadcasts, and newspapers that President Trump has called "fake news". It seems that this list is becoming quite lengthy and that he is encouraging Americans to not trust journalist except for a few networks or publications.
    When you visit with journalism students or work with your interns, how to do address this? It seems that the credibility of journalism as a profession is under attack.

  104. To what extent do you think his “colorful” personality causes coverage of him to divert attention from the, arguably, more profound effects on the country/world of more prosaic, dull, regulatory actions by the agencies? I know you cover them but are you concerned about making them more visible and the discussion more engaging?

  105. Why continue to cover his tweets.

  106. As psychiatrists (highly relevant to this discussion), we meet and talk with people either individually or in small groups. Press conferences are different, the emotional heat turned up. Despite his carnival-level showmanship (well-learned on Times Square when he was but a lad), Mr. Trump may well fear crowds and react with a skillful leap to attack. He protects himself by putting down others and changing the subject. A good psychiatrist first takes time to listen and understand the subject's viewpoint (asking all those questions that can get uncomfortable). Some things look like "lies" at first but may be distortions the subject believes in (for the moment). The psychiatrist doesn't wait too long to express his or her own view of reality, but doesn't push it if he wants a conversion. It takes a back-and-forth exchange, with listening (different from a press conference), to see whether there is a bit of trust and understanding. We did recommend that the American Psychiatric Association initiate this in February but they decided to lie low. Have you at the NYT looked into the possibility of a SMALL interview with Mr. Trump, perhaps two or three interviewers (of various political leanings), in a quiet room (providing him with his favorite drink)? We have seen Charlie Rose do something like this on occasion. Michael Kinsley used to. Most conversations don't go anywhere unless the participants feel a degree of safety with each other. Bill and Mary Alice Houghton

  107. During the campaign and throughout his presidency, President Trump has offered highly simplistic solutions to the world's problems, which suggests he is unable to deal with the nuances of complex issues. He promised to bring back coal, without explaining how it will compete with natural gas or the environment. He called for a travel ban without contemplating its impact on our economy or refugees. He appears unable to understand that one can protest and be patriotic, and that our flag stands more than the military. The wall will solve our immigration problems. The media is the enemy. Why not press him more on his understanding of these issues by asking more straight factual questions? Has he seen firsthand the impact of mountain top removal on the environment in WVA? Has he ever met with a Syrian refugee family? Does he know how many journalists have been killed during Putin's reign? Has he read the Constitution?

  108. Why had Trump not once mentioned what is happening in California? Has he written them off for some political or personal reason? I've yet to see or hear of a statement of sympathy or support for what is going on there.

  109. Is there any way that you can be more explicit when you say things like 'sources close to the (fill in the blank)' without breaking some confidentiality rule? To see good reporting disparaged on the right because you can't be more forthcoming about the actual source makes it hard to turn the narrative.

  110. Based on his tweets and offhand comments, Trump appears to be an avid viewer of partisan talk-shows such as Fox and Friends and Sean Hannity. I also see news stories about White House staff fighting about control over which information gets to the President. Can you shed any more light on the President’s consumption of information, both from independent news outlets and government agency reports?

  111. Donald Trump seems determined to turn the US into a 5th rate entity. Why is there not more reportage about any movement to remove him from office? One article about the 25th amendment and impeachment (no guarantees there...) is not enough. Do the lack of column inches reflect the lack of movement toward ousting this man?

  112. Having a narcissistic personality disorder is not an impeachable offense. Are WH reporters familiar with the 11 most common symptoms, and do they focus on his related patterns of behavior that will lead to that inescapable conclusion? This may help our nation get around such a dangerous chapter in our history, as the President's significant personal storm will be himself. Then we can return to the calm.

  113. I understand why Republicans don't denounce Trump publicly because of primary fears or the crass desire to get their right wing agendas through, but why do so-called high level administration sources leak stories about the president rampaging or shouting or having a tantrum in the Oval Office? What self-interest are they serving by blabbing? It is a crass looking out for myself when the ship goes down mentality, or some other cry for help from those held hostage within this administration of chaos and dysfunction?

  114. I think you are either referring to the Trump MISadministration or using the concept of administration very loosely.

  115. For Maggie and Peter: Is it a mental challenge, even head-spinning, to have to always report Trump's answers or comments, while at the same time having to ponder how truthful they are? And whether you should note it immediately, if they are not, or hold off rather than interrupt the flow?

  116. Why do you refer to the President as Mr. Trump and never President Trump? You always referred to past presidents as President Obama and President Bush etc.

  117. What do you need from the American people to do your jobs better? I feel recently we the people have asked a lot of you folks after not valuing your work as much in previous years. Tom Hanks got you a new coffee machine, but what can we do for you?

  118. Tom Friedman wrote a few years ago ,a book about the world becoming flat.This mean , everything get the same share of relevance in terms of impact and timing, like the story of the flying butterfly: what happen anywhere it affect instantly everywhere, which make the real issues rather than ideology what matter most.In such scenario, the news media play like either a mediator or a referee role for society to get their own judgment before working out solutions. How far is actually the news media to serve that role? .Does Fake news complains, mean a signal of the news media dominated by ideology, to impose upon society their own point of view?

  119. The Times coverage of Donald Trump has a consistently negative spin. It is of course true that Trump's words and actions invite condemnation, yet when news reporting appears to be too subjective, it loses legitimacy. I see two serious problems that have emerged: 1. When the "news" reporting is constantly negative in tone, his supporters defend him and discount the facts, merely reacting to the tone of the discussion. 2. When someone is always shouting, people stop listening. When Trump is constantly ridiculed and criticized, even for minor things, many people stop paying attention. They react with indifference, thinking "Oh, that's just the way the Times always talks about Trump." Is the Times subjective tone in news coverage about Trump in fact serving to encourage defense of his words and actions?

  120. What do you think the chances are that congress will move to impeachment and remove him from office or enact the 25th amendment?

  121. This is a two part question. The recent NBC news story regarding his desire to increase the US Nuclear warhead arsenal ten-fold appears to really have rattled the president. The banner of the NBC story, "Trump Wanted to Make Nuclear Stockpile Nearly 10 Times Bigger" from my perspective, appears to have missed the point of the article. Given his personality, he wanted the have the biggest, most powerful, the most and was incensed that the current Nuclear arsenal wasn't. And given that Trump likely didn't read the article, the banner could be taken as misleading. Questions are as follows: 1) How do you ensure that an article banner accurately reflects the underlying story? and 2) How do you ensure multiple sources are being candid, truthful, and not selectively disclosing facts on a potentially inflammatory matter such as this?

  122. I am a Media Studies & Production major at Temple University. Thank you for your work. I am curious about how you each think evolving media technologies (television to computers to smartphones, etc) have had on forming the public's basic concepts of what "politics" is.

  123. Tougher questions are targeted towards Press Secretary. Tough job for her, as a company (man) woman. As journalists know answers will be sidestepped.
    Who corners? Trump, with the same vigor on his lies and fabrications.

  124. Dear Ms. Haberman, Mr. Baker & Mr. Baquet,

    First, I admire your collective work these many months and wish you well in the coming months and years.

    Having covered the Obama, possibly Bush, and now Trump administrations, can you please compare and contrast how each communicates official information to the American people through the press?

    I don't think this is as simple a question as 'How has your day job changed since January 20th' (the answer may be simply 'twitter') because my question is colored by differing political parties as well as differing personalities. That said, my concern is that, while so much news (and noise) comes from the current occupant of the White House, there is still so much that we don't and may never know, like who sees the president at Mar-a-Lago, Bedminster, and the White House. Plus leaks to the press and undisclosed sources seem to have become the norm more so now than before. Can you please comment?

  125. Can the phrase fake news be included in direct Quotes attributable to the president but not at other times? It’d be nice to isolate the phrase to him.

    I’m a subscriber interested in continuing developments in Puerto Rico. I don’t know anyone there but do care.

  126. Please discuss the desirability of impeaching Trump in view of the result, a President Pence. My personal view is that we're saved from a lot of damage from Trump by his political ineptitude. Pence in contrast is an experienced politician with years in the House before he became Governor and so would be much more effective. Also Pence has in my opinion worse views than Trump om several issues such as abortion.

  127. Why does the press constantly allow Trump (by way of coverage) to change focus from important to trivial matters? Hold this man and his administration accountable!

  128. Not being sarcastic, but exactly how is Trump making America great again? Given our current state, Our country is far from being great.

  129. My question...
    I have read a few articles of late that tell of Trump loosing his temper, freaking out, melting down, rampaging, furiously etc....
    Have you spoken to anyone who witnessed such things and could describe the scene with more detail?
    Also, has anyone ever seen him genuinely laugh? Not sneering or snarling, a belly laugh or a milk snorting gaffaw. Does he have any sense of humor?
    I am interested in/curious about the oddities of his twisted personality.

  130. As investigative reporters, do you ever have a sense that getting to the truth is a waste of time since people believe what they want to believe, truth be damned?

  131. You are assigned today to write Donald Trump's obituary. What is your lead?
    What would you say?

  132. How can the NYT present its White House reporting as unbiased when the newspaper officially endorsed the losing candidate for President? Does the perception of bias hurt the NYT's reputation as a "national" newspaper given the strong emotions generated by the 2016 presidential election?

  133. Is Trump as unhinged as he appears in the media.
    Is there any part of his agenda of destruction that actually does anything positive for the nation

  134. Today's (Oct 12th) morning news by the NYTimes states that Trump has threatened NBC by "using government power on licenses." How has this news been taken by the New York Times and its affiliates? Is there a reason for concern? If so, how will the New York Times adjust?