Sean Spicer Defends Lack of Press Briefings: The Media Turned Them Into a ‘Circus’ for ‘YouTube Stars’
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s decision to stop conducting traditional press briefings with current top spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
Spicer said he believes Trump has engaged with the press more often than previous presidents, through press sprays and gaggles, but he also said there is a purpose to the press briefings that has been lost on many reporters.
“Sarah doesn’t have to go out there and do a briefing if the president’s engaging with the press on an almost daily basis. I think the press briefing is to do so in lieu of that so they’re making the right call on this.” he explained.
“And the second part the president brought up, is that I think that the briefing turned into a circus, where you created a bunch of YouTube stars, that were B-rate reporters to begin with, and had gotten no recognition in the past and felt if they acted out, and I don’t care about the content of the question,” Spicer continued, adding he knows reporters are supposed to ask tough questions, but not act out.
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