In a disturbing trend, Trump Administration officials are increasingly banning journalists from recording regular press briefings, including audio and video.
Reporters were thrown for a loop last week when – for four days – they were prohibited from filming representatives of the White House. After CNN published audio of one of these conferences, the Trump Administration went ahead and banned audio as well for Monday’s gathering.
This is unprecedented in modern political history, and is a sure sign that the White House is struggling to unify its messaging, which is regularly torpedoed by Trump’s wild Twitter rants and penchant for self-contradiction.
While this secrecacy dovetails with many of Trump’s other anti-democratic tendencies, some in the press don’t necessarily see the point of press conferences under this administration, which generally mainly propaganda, misrepresentations, and lies.
“[Press Secretary Spicer]’s just kind of useless,” CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta said. “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re just not going to do this on camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?”