If you watched the daily press briefings when Trump was in office, you remember how confrontational the media was on a daily basis.
Not a knock against Sarah Sanders, but she was overmatched by the media.
It got to the point that Trump told her to stop doing daily briefings because it was a steady stream of unrelenting attacks every time she went on the dais.
Eventually, Kayleigh McEnany was brought in, and, well, let’s just say the media met its match.
Today, that is hardly the situation when Jen Psaki takes the dais.
While Psaki gets a tough question every now and again from other media members, the only one testing her on a daily basis is Peter Doocy from Fox News.
It is quite the contrast from the Trump administration when the Press Secretary was on the defensive every second of every day.
McEnany was always prepared, though, having a binder that was loaded for bear and often featuring slide shows to show the media how foolish they were being.
It was rare that the media got the upper hand on her, even though they came at her relentlessly.
On the different treatment, McEnany stated, “However, I wanted to reset, so I went in, tried to have a clean slate.
“However, the questions became very caustic very quickly, very personal.
“You contrast that to some of the questions currently being asked of Jen Psaki.
“She has been asked about a biting incident with the White House dog.
“She’s been asked about the White House cat.
“She’s been asked about the Air Force One color scheme.
“These are questions that don’t serve the American people. These are questions I was never asked.
“Ultimately, I think a fair press is somewhere between the softballs Jen Psaki gets, the tough questions I got — somewhere in between.”
She is right, of course.
We need look no further than how quickly the media moved on from the botched Afghanistan withdrawal and drone strike as proof of that.
If Trump were still in office, McEnany would still be answering questions about that.
The media has shown signs of life, but it is not nearly enough.
As much trouble as this administration is in right now, if the media ever comes around, Democrats will have zero chance of holding the White House come 2024.