Sen. John Cornyn: Press is ‘healthy’ adversary, not ‘opposition party’


Unlike President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has long enjoyed a reputation for being accessible and hospitable to journalists.

Asked Friday about his views on a comment by White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who called the news media “the opposition party” in an interview with The New York Times, Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said that the natural antagonism between journalists and the people they cover isn’t a bad thing.

“It’s fair to say the press and politicians have always had somewhat of an adversarial relationship,” Cornyn said at a meeting of the Texas Hospital Association in Austin. “My view is you have your job to do, I’ve got my job to do, and I’m fine with that. But I think (administration officials) feel somewhat aggrieved by some of the unfair coverage that they’ve gotten and they’re entitled to their opinion. I would call it, as opposed to the opposition party, I would say it’s a healthy adversarial relationship.”



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