White House reporters criticize Sean Spicer after press briefing again held off-camera

Some of the campaign promises that got Trump elected aren't playing well

Following Tuesday's press briefing - during which deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was confronted by Playboy reporter Brian Karem for her "inflammatory" attacks on the media - Zurawik argued it is "past time" for someone to stand up to the White House.

"'We don't have a great camera person so let's not go on camera as much' is only OK in the short term", the source continued.

Spicer, in a Fox News interview over the weekend, said Acosta is "sad that he believes if it doesn't occur on TV - I think some of these reporters are more interested in their YouTube clips than they are in getting factual news". "There's no cameras on, Jim", Spicer said, as if Acosta didn't know. Spicer said last week that he agrees that the conversation about policy that takes place in the daily gatherings is important but that whether or not they are televised "is not the be-all and end-all".

The Trump administration found some support from former White House press secretaries who defended the decision to end live camera briefings.

"CNN's White House correspondent is calling on his colleagues in the White House Press corps to unite in protest over cameras sometimes being barred from daily press briefings", the Washington Examiner reports.

"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.


Sean Spicer, the ghosts of press secretaries past would like to have a word with you.

"You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman of the United States government; can you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?" "I think we found that it wasn't really necessary".

"There appears to be no more substance in Spicer's answers when the cameras are off versus when they are on. Can we address the cameras issue?" "The President is going to speak today in the Rose Garden".

"The White House writes the rules", Dalglish said. "Talk to the camera and that voter in MI, talk to them directly".

"The President is optimistic that Republicans will live up to the promise that they've been making to the American people for seven years by repealing and replacing Obamacare", she said. Maybe they won't even notice. "It does more harm than good". "We need the glitz and the Hollywood - he's a showman".

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