Views of the News: Tillerson's Reluctance To Travel With Press

Mar 24, 2017

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not let pool reporters into some meetings during his trip to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, deciding to only take a Fox News reporter instead. Tillerson reportedly has little interaction with media, and recently made headlines for a comment saying “I’m not a big press access person.”

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discussed why Tillerson is so reluctant to involve the press in his affairs on the weekly media criticism program, “Views of the News.”

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He's clearly decided early on to mimic what's going on with the press in the rest of the Trump administration. - Mike McKean

Tillerson’s move goes against the norm of letting pool reporters into meetings with U.S. diplomats when traveling abroad.