Trump Allies Worry The White House's Off-Camera Briefings Are Damaging His Message

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This week, he pestered White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an off-camera briefing.

Where people with alternate political beliefs can, you know, question the government. When they have had them, they have been cut short and majority are now off camera.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta, highlighting the Trump administration's "near-total refusal" to take questions from anyone associated with his network, posted a picture from the press briefing on Monday, with the caption: "Video of this has been banned by the United States of America".

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Acosta continued to ask why the cameras weren't turned on, saying that they were already in the room.

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"Having a seat at a White House briefing is a privilege, not a right", Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland journalism school, told TheWrap. After all, Press Secretary Sean Spicer's media wrangling is so infamous that his character appears regularly in Saturday Night Live skits.

By Common Cause's count there have been only five on camera briefings by White House press officials during the entire month of June. If the press responds with a boycott, only Trump-friendly outlets will report the news. "Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don't have them". Acosta is fighting the good fight, but he could use some backup from reporters and organizations who are afraid that speaking out will lead to a loss of White House access. "... We're here to ask you questions". Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings. Why did you turn them off?

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". Can you just give us an answer to that?

Historically, press briefings would likely have been fairly boring to watch anyway.

"If this were happening in a vacuum, I could nearly understand the argument that these daily White House press briefings have become too big a deal, and that it wouldn't be a bad idea to tone it down a little bit", he said.

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