The hierarchy and old power centers of the White House briefing room have been upended by the 45th President. The new in-crew, at least during the administration’s early days, involves a slew of right-wing outlets, including some that were never previously credentialed and others with direct ties to the White House. Here’s a mini-guide to the media organizations the Trump administration thinks are the greatest.*
*Hover over the red pins to read character descriptions. Illustrations by Nathan Fox.
The Conservatives: Chris Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax; Kaitlan Collins, White House correspondent, the Daily Caller; Sean Hannity, Fox News host. The Trumpkins: Matt Boyle, Washington political editor, Breitbart News.
The Conservatives: David Brody, White House correspondent, Christian Broadcasting Network; Fred Lucas, White House correspondent, Daily Signal; Trey Yingst, White House correspondent, One America News Network (OANN). The Trumpkins: Laura Ingraham, Founder and editor-in-chief, LifeZette.
The Conservatives: Alex Skatell, Founder, Independent Journal Review. The Russian: Andrew Feinberg, former White House correspondent, Sputnik. The Troll: Alex Jones, Founder, Infowars. The Trumpkins: Julius Krein, Founder, American Affairs.
The Turncoat: Joe Scarborough, MSNBC host. The Up-And-Comer: Tomi Lahren. The Trolls: Mike Cernovich, Founder, Cernovich Media; Jim Hoft, Founder, Gateway Pundit. Trump’s Two Favorite “Fake News” Purveyors: Robert Costa of the Washington Post; Maggie Haberman of the New York Times.
This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Washingtonian.