Spicer is 'kind of useless'

What is Sean Spicer Doing? 'Useless' Press Secretary Not Giving On-Camera Media Briefings

What is Sean Spicer Doing? 'Useless' Press Secretary Not Giving On-Camera Media Briefings

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. The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera, or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio.

He will likely no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including the daily media briefings. Comey has said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

"Maybe I'm old-fashioned", he added, "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're saying".

Acosta also questioned why CNN even covered the gaggle, noting that Trump hasn't had a legitimate press conference since February. Reporters were simply told "TBD" on Sunday night. More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well.

Spicer did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the ground rules.

"We should walk out", he responded.

Journalists tend to have a problem with collective action when it comes to advocating for press access. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. Earlier this month, the White House banned networks from carrying briefings live. "If they can't give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they're basically pointless".

Donald Trump can make bold statements to his supporters with absolute certainty ("We will build a wall", and "I will bring back coal-mining jobs") but he has to obfuscate and hedge when speaking to the entire American people. "It's like we're just covering bad reality television".

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