Two Former Press Secretaries Have Some Advice For Sean Spicer

Kristopher Drake
June 30, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta pressed White House spokesman Sean Spicer to allow cameras to be turned on during Monday's press briefing, as the Trump team increasingly has restricted the type of coverage of what has been a routine ritual for reporters on the beat.

Other reporters asked for clarification on the camera ban, and Sean Spicer responded that they would be allowed some days but not others.

It's time for the Trump administration to stop "hiding behind the bully pulpit" and meet the press - on camera - according to a major good government group. Acosta asked. "Why did you turn them off?" He began openly complaining about the White House's handling of the media in early February after President Trump only took two questions, both from conservative media outlets, during his joint presser with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Could you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?"

"Will someone, anyone, step up and end these distressing displays of White House dysfunction and disregard for the obligation of the presidency to provide citizens with some sense of truthful information and accountability?" he wrote.

The source added that it is their understanding that the lack of on-camera briefings is a stopgap measure, while the administration finds a replacement for Spicer at the podium.

White House press briefings under the Trump administration frequently make headlines for the way they're run-see Melissa McCarthy's Saturday Night Live impression of Press Secretary Sean Spicer as one example.

In the minute that followed, Spicer never answered the question.

And, while your blood pressure may be rising as you read this assault on the fourth estate, let it be known that you don't have shit on CNN's Jim Acosta, who is fucking lit about this no-cameras stuff! And, you know, I think that there are moments when this president is just really sensitive to criticism and he lashes out in this fashion.

Historically, press briefings would likely have been fairly boring to watch anyway. "Look, this is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since day on". "We'll continue to mix things up".

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