No Cameras, No Audio, No Reporting: White House Press Briefing Takes A Dark Turn

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This is slowly becoming like something out of a movie.

Every day, America is introduced to some new phase of “the way things are now,” and it’s getting more and more disturbing. We have a president that communicates primarily through social media. We have more discussion of lawyers and legalities than of healthcare and human services. And through it all, we have a cadre of White House spokespeople insulting the leader from it all. Monday’s press briefing was a frightening culmination of all of the above.

Sean Spicer’s briefing Monday lasted only about 15 minutes, which isn’t new. But the president’s spokesman also made a decision to disallow any kind of audio or video recording. CNN’s Jim Acosta was among the reporters at today’s White House press briefing who expressed their frustration. On the network afterward, Acosta was less cryptic. After calling the recent briefings “kind of useless,” Acosta went on:

It just feels like we’re slowly but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country where the President of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.

Frequent contributor to the Huffington Post Seth Abramson called for an outright boycott of the White House:

There’s no dot-connecting here

The White House doesn’t want a record of what is said at press briefings so they can deny anything they want. Sean Spicer offered a bizarre explanation in place of any kind of honesty about the situation:

I’ve said this since the beginning. The president spoke today, he was on-camera. He will make another comment today at the technology summit. And there are days that I’ll decide that the president’s voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities.

So if Trump appears on camera on a given day, reporters can expect no further recorded interaction with the White House. This has led to speculation that the very concept of a press briefing will eventually die with this administration.

Maybe that’s not a bad thing. All we get from them are lies and misdirection.

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