Commentary: The era of extreme entertainment comes to the presidential press conference

President Obama’s farewell speech, and Donald Trump’s first official press conference since becoming president elect, took place less than 14 hours apart.

But in that brief period between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, 70 years’ worth of presidential decorum dating to the first televised address from the White House by Harry Truman was thrown out and replaced by a contentious spectacle more akin to reality TV than the Oval Office.

From the lobby of Trump Tower, the president elect described himself as the “greatest jobs producer that God ever created,” referred to the recently leaked dossier that, among other things, alleged Trump coordinated with Russian intelligence in the hacking of Democrats’ emails, as “crap” put together by “sick” people. He told CNN’s Jim Acosta, “Your organization is terrible, and I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”  

He even brought props. “These papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my two sons,” he said, referencing the contents of the manila folders stacked on a table next to the podium.  “I hope at the end of eight years I’ll come back and I’ll say, ‘Oh, you did a good job.’ Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I’ll say, you’re fired. ”

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Caption Natalie Portman on the importance of the infamous pink dress in ‘Jackie’

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Caption Joel Edgerton finds the heart of ‘Loving’

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Joel Edgerton talks about staying truthful to the real-life story of “Loving.”

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Caption For ‘Neon Demon,’ Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez used a special ‘ESP’ to communicate

Director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez discuss their “Neon Demon” collaboration.

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'Manchester By the Sea' director Kenneth Lonergan on how Casey Affleck brought a quiet character to life

Caption ‘Manchester By the Sea’ director Kenneth Lonergan on how Casey Affleck brought a quiet character to life

“Manchester By the Sea” director Kenneth Lonergan discusses writing a quiet character and working with actor Casey Affleck to bring him to life. 

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