As days go by, Trump White House goes dark

Posted June 30, 2017

Spicer didn't answer why the administration doesn't want reporters to turn the cameras on, and now several journalists are asking why those behind the cameras don't simply ignore the White House's wishes.

"I think it's critical that we point that out to viewers", Mr Acosta said before the press briefing in which he argued with Mr Spicer.

When a reporter noted there had been a "drastic shift" in the briefings starting around the time of Trump's foreign trip in late May, Spicer said "We'll continue to mix things up".

Later, as Spicer had called on Trey Yingst, a reporter for One America News Network, Acosta continued to ask Spicer why cameras weren't being allowed. "The president and his administration serve the people who elected them, yet the Trump Administration's decision to ban cameras and live audio from an increasing number of daily briefing treats the people, the media and the oath of office as little more than inconveniences". Look, this is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since day one.

This matters. Not only is it it a break with long-held tradition, it's also an attempt by the Trump White House to kill off the daily briefing - or, at least, fundamentally weaken its relevance - through benign neglect.

CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta is absolutely beside himself that the White House now allows conservatives to ask questions during official press briefings - so much so, in fact, that Acosta is stunned that such a awful thing could happen in a free country. There was reason to believe that with so much controversy and scandal flowing out of the White House, that his was not an empty threat.

What do you think - is it a low blow to joke about Sean Spicer's weight? You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government. Not only has this begun to upset the press corp, but it has also reportedly caused some alarm among a few Trump surrogates according to an article by The Hill aptly titled: "Press briefing crackdown worries Trump allies".

"The White House writes the rules", Dalglish said.

A former Republican National Committee staffer said the mistake the White House communications shop is making is cutting access to briefings, and not molding them into the form they want them to take, pointing to Skype questions that the administration has solicited from friendly conservative radio hosts and local affiliates in smaller cities.

The source who consults the administration agreed. But she said they stopped because the live briefings weren't "really necessary". "We need the glitz and the Hollywood - he's a showman".