Masters media chair Bob Weiner asks questions at White House

Chris Stone photo of San Diego Women’s March used in the The New York Times’ roundup.

Bob Weiner, recently re-elected as chair of the USATF National Masters Media Committee, also hangs onto his White House press credential. At Sean Spicer’s first full press conference Monday as President Trump’s press secretary, Bob asked two questions from the back of the room. His Social Security query (of interest to masters tracksters of a certain age) was excellent. But when Bob asked if infrastructure was still a Trump priority, Spicer took advantage of the unfocused wording. No matter. Good to see Bob (representing Main Street Radio Network) holding Sean’s feet to the fire. Two minutes on TV is a good day for Bob. Also worth noting — my lovely bride, Chris Stone, shot the San Diego Women’s March on Saturday (while I did video), and The New York Times asked permission to use one of her photos in its roundup of marches around the world. She said yes, of course. Also news: Multi-eventers Rachel Guest and Mary Trotto have been named co-chairs of the USATF Masters Awards Committee. (Mary had the job by herself in recent years.) Best of luck to both.

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January 23, 2017

16 Responses

  1. Robin - January 23, 2017

    Cool stuff, Ken. Masters makin’ waves everywhere!

  2. Rob Jerome - January 23, 2017

    Great questions, Bob! Going to need press vets like you to at least try to keep this administration speaking the truth.

    Also, congrats to Chris, Rachel and Mary.

  3. JES - January 23, 2017

    This administration seemingly has no interest in speaking the truth, as “Baghdad Bob” Spicer and Ms. Conway have demonstrated in the first few days. It will only get worse from here. The days when a reporter could ask an open-ended question and get a reasonably honest and germane response are gone. At some point, the legitimate press will have to seriously consider boycotting these press briefings and imposing a news blackout on them, until the administration is willing to level with the press and with the American people.

  4. Gary Dixon - January 23, 2017

    Oh come on now. Let’s keep this a master’s track and field page. Save you thoughts and opinions for your Facebook posts.

  5. Tom Sputo - January 23, 2017

    Come on JES, is there a “legitimate press” in this country that is worthy of the constitutional protections of the 1st Amendment? Doubtful. The majority of the press does not report fact; they write spun opinion under the guise of news. I read the first (news) section of my local mullet wrapper, and it is nearly indistinguishable from the Opinions section. I would respect the so-called press if they would just come out of the closet and admit that they are a cheerleading operation of the DNC.

  6. tb - January 23, 2017

    The legitimate press are busy photographing a burning trash can.

  7. Cheryl - January 23, 2017

    I’m impressed Bob.

  8. EM - January 23, 2017

    Good job, Bob… make Trump accountable. Trump has done to the press what all authoritarian despots do, attack, disparage, and supplant his own false reality… or as his rep called it, “alternative facts” (lies / propaganda). He’s the same guy who pushed the ‘birther’ conspiracy for several years, boasted there were a million or a million and a half people at his inauguration. Many of his followers are the prime consumers of fake news, as Mr. Putin knows very well. Good question Bob on SS. Now get Trump to release his taxes as he said he would. We’re depending on you and members of the press more than ever. Our democracy depends on it.

  9. Bill Pontius - January 24, 2017

    Hey Guys, Bob’s questions were good questions for any new administration. Good for you, Bob.

  10. John Impson - January 24, 2017

    This is not a political forum. Leave it alone, and remember what the press and media focuses on.
    1. If it bleeds, it leads.
    2. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  11. Bert bergeb - January 24, 2017

    Please it’s sports blog . Does partisan politics has to rear it’s ugly head?

  12. Michael D Walker - January 24, 2017

    Great stuff but what does any thing in this particular blog it have to do with Masters Track?

  13. Ken Stone - January 24, 2017

    Michael, blog is about masters track and those associated with it. So Bob Weiner counts as news.

  14. Rick Easley - January 25, 2017

    I,for one, am interested in seeing what some of our masters track community are contributing in the real world. Keep doing what you are doing Ken.

  15. EM - January 29, 2017

    Olympic Gold Medalist, Mo Farrah:

    “On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien. I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years — working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home — to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.”

  16. bj425 - January 29, 2017

    Thanks for the political lecture, EM.

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