Two White House reporters spoke at LSU’s Manship School Thursday about their experiences covering President Trump

Published: Feb. 10, 2023

By: Claire Sullivan and Gabby Jimenez, LSU Manship School News Service

The Senior National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post Ashley Parker and the White House Correspondent for The New York Times Michael Bender laugh on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, during their discussion on public distrust of media as part of a speaker series at the LSU Journalism Building in Baton Rouge, La. (Matthew Perschall)

Ashley Parker was enjoying sleeping in on a fall Saturday in 2019, her husband tending to their young daughter. Then her phone started vibrating nonstop.

President Donald Trump had tweeted out that Parker and her Washington Post colleague were “nasty lightweight reporters” who “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so “DISGUSTING & FAKE.”

She had earned what political rivals and many covering Trump often received–a dismissive nickname. She kept her head down and kept working.

Parker, a senior national political correspondent at the Post, and her husband, Michael C. Bender, an author and White House correspondent for The New York Times, visited the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Thursday to share their experiences as journalists covering Trump during his attacks on the press. 

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