Last week the Trump White House hinted that it might suspend the daily on-camera press briefings by Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” President Trump wrote on Twitter last Friday.
Why was President Trump considering such a drastic move? Because “it is not possible” for his staff to speak with “perfect accuracy” to the American public, Trump said.
However, another reason, according to administration officials and Republican members of Congress, is that the news media have discarded any sense of objectivity and are in attack mode against a president a majority of reporters do not like and in some cases, actually hate.
In any case, the response by the reporters in the White House press corps to the suggestion of terminating the White House press briefing was nothing short of hysterical.
How could Trump do this? It is an affront to the freedom of the press. It is an attack on the First Amendment. It shows disrespect for the news media. In infringes on the right of the American people to know, etcetera, etcetera, ad nauseam.
The hand-wringing went on and on as did the whining.
Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and a White House reporter for Reuters, said in a statement last Friday that ending the briefings would “threaten” government accountability.
“White House briefings and press conferences provide substantive and symbolic opportunities for journalists to pose questions to officials at the highest levels of the U.S. government,” he said. “That exercise, conducted in full view of our republic’s citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment. Doing away with briefings would reduce accountability,
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