Lately, I've heard the term "stenographers" from Robert Kennedy, Jr and Bill Moyers, in regard to the people covering the White House. This message comes from many quarters.
Chomsky, iirc, asserts that the press has three responsibilities, when it comes to covering the White House. Their first responsibility is akin to stenography. They must tell us what has been said. Then they are supposed to go on and fact check what they say, and lastly, later, make sure what has been said has been done.