Earlier this month, the White House banned networks from carrying briefings live.
CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday said the White House is barring recording equipment from its daily press briefings so that its “evasive answers” to reporters’ questions will not be documented on tape.
More and more of Spicer’s briefings have been off-camera in recent weeks, including Monday’s.
HuffPost asked Acosta how reporters could push back against the White House’s restrictions.
Spicer has been a frequent source of criticism for his performance at the White House lectern during daily news briefings, although President Donald Trump has stood by him through a variety of controversies. “They’re acting like cry babies because they can’t cover things the way that they want, ‘ but, ya know, maybe I am old fashion, Brooke but I think that The White House for the United States of America Should have these questions answered on camera so we can see what they are saying”.
In a Rose Garden conference following Comey’s testimony, Trump said that an announcement on the tapes would be coming soon, but coyly added that it would likely leave the media “very disappointed”.
In the Fox News report, Spicer is said to be taking on an elevated role in the administration where he would oversee communications for the entire administration. “That is the only conclusion one could draw”.
He continued, “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re just not going to do this on-camera or on audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?” “It’s not even like we’re covering a White House anymore, with Kellyanne Conway and Omarosa in the briefing room off to the side of Sean, refusing to be on camera”.