Correspondent in the presidential office Corona spread is serious… Resume door stepping when calm

President Yoon Seok-yeol (top left) answers questions from reporters as he arrives at the presidential office in Yongsan, Seoul on the morning of the 8th. [사진=연합뉴스]

Regarding the temporary suspension of ‘door stepping’ on the 11th of President Yoon Seok-yeol’s commute to work, the presidential office emphasized, “(a reporter from the presidential office) will resume door stepping as soon as the number of confirmed cases stops increasing and the situation stabilizes.” did. The purpose is not to avoid the media because of the decline in approval ratings in various opinion polls.

In a written briefing on the afternoon of the same day, spokesperson Kang In-sun said, “Currently, 11 of the reporters who have been to the presidential office have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19.” .

“The president’s office completed quarantine for the press room of the communication hall yesterday evening, but please understand that for the time being, the coverage and briefing will be conducted non-face-to-face as much as possible as the spread of the virus is not severe.”

This explanation by the presidential office is interpreted as drawing a line on the interpretation of the political circles that the recent sharp drop in approval ratings for President Yoon’s recent performance in state affairs is more important than the spread of Corona 19 in the background of the ‘temporary cessation of door stepping’.

Doorstepping represented the new government’s ‘communication efforts’ with President Yoon directly asking questions and answering questions with the public (media) on his way to work. At the same time, President Yun’s unique ‘direct speech’ is considered a factor that has caused unnecessary misunderstandings and chaos in the state, leading to a decrease in approval ratings.

“President Yoon wanted to continue doorstepping, but there were many voices of concern about the spread of Corona 19 at the security office,” said an official from the presidential office. In the political arena, some say that more active contact with the media in a phase of declining approval ratings is President Yoon’s unique ‘head-on break’ style.

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