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Ari Fleischer on Off-Camera Briefings: Makes It Less of a ‘Red-Hot TV Show’

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer supports there being no live, on-camera White House briefings, and he reiterated to Fox News’ Howard Kurtz today that it’s about cooling things down in the briefing room.

After he talked about the White House’s mishandling of the Don Jr. news, Kurtz brought up how off-camera briefings may cut down on “grandstanding,” but he also wondered whether it hurts the White House’s “ability to get its message out.”

Fleischer said that the purpose here is to “tone things down so it’s not such a red-hot TV show.”

He said it’s good for both the White House and press corps and “fundamentally the right thing to do.”

Watch above (the relevant part starts at the 3:25 mark), via Fox News.

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