As official White House Press Briefings become an increasingly rare and combative, there has been growing chatter that White House correspondents might revolt and boycott the briefing altogether.
The idea has been alluded to by CNN’s Jim Accosta, among others.
On Morning Joe, Thursday, former Republican Joe Scarborough asked the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush if that was a possibility? — Thrush, however, threw cold water on the idea.
“We can’t do that,” he said. “We are all members of the White House Correspondents association, Jeff Mason is teh president, we are bound by the dictates of our institutions.”
“The dictates of our institutions?” — Pretty mealy-mouthed, but we’ll take it.
Thrush said that the bigger issue was how vacuous the briefings have become.
“They don’t have any information to impart. They have effectively shut down the briefing,” said Thrush. “The reason why reporters are attending that thing is they’re waiting for a briefing to unexpectedly break out one of these days.”
On that — we can certainly agree!
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