Spicer Says Trump Admin Is Creating ‘Skype Seats’ Program To Allow Journos Outside DC More Access
During the first press briefing in Donald Trump‘s White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned a new initiative called “Skype Seats.”
In his own words, here is what the new program is all about:
As you know, we are all about big viewerships and large audiences here so I want to tell you about an effort that we’re undertaking here in the press briefing room to offer up more access to a group of journalists from around the country. Beginning later this week, I’m excited to announce we’re going to have four what we call “Skype Seats” live here in the briefing room. This will open up the briefing to journalists who live beyond 50 miles of the Washington, D.C. area and to organizations that don’t currently have a hard pass. As always any organization is welcome to apply for a day pass but we’re excited to open up into the field and fold here a diverse group of journalists from around the country who may not have the convenience or funding to travel to Washington. I think this can benefit us all by giving a platform to voices that are not necessarily based here in the Beltway.
If the idea sounds familiar to you, that’s because NBC’s Chuck Todd suggested it last week.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 19, 2017
It remains to be seen which news organizations will get to participate in the program, though the organizations called on during the questioning period today are already inspiring anger among the journalistic ranks.
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