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Why that Trump press conference had something in common with Atlantic Yards press events

A 1/13/17 letter to the Times:
Apparently those cheering and applauding during President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference were Trump supporters invited by the Trump team who presumed that rather than attending a news conference they were at a Trump rally. Who decided this was a good idea? Is this the political equivalent of a laugh track for a sitcom? 
STEVE HORWITZ
Moraga, Calif.
Why did that remind me of some Atlantic Yards events? No, they don't typically feature allies of the speakers heckling the press, but there's a lot of cheering and support.

I remember the press conference before the August 2006 hearing on the environmental impact statement, or the December 2012 launch of the B2 (ala 461 Dean) tower, or the December 2014 groundbreaking for the B14 (aka 535 Carlton) tower.

I'm not the only one to notice. Achitecture critic Karrie Jacobs called the September 2012 Barclays Center ribbon-cutting ceremony "pageant of self-congratulatory bonhomie." Sports business journalist John Brennan of the Record called it "more like a “celebration that the press gets to watch."

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