Two Former Press Secretaries Have Some Advice For Sean Spicer

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks as cameras are pointed away during an off-camera media briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017.

"'We don't have a great camera person so let's not go on camera as much' is only OK in the short term", the source continued.

After CNN retracted a Russian Federation report and three staffers resigned, both President Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders went off on the network and decried the "fake news" coming from the press.

"Yeah, some days we'll have them on, some days we'll have them off", the spokesman said.

"The WHCA's position on this issue is clear: we believe strongly that Americans should be able to watch and listen to senior government officials face questions from an independent news media, in keeping with the principles of the First Amendment and the need for transparency at the highest levels of government", Mason said in a statement. Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings.

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This matters. Not only is it it a break with long-held tradition, it's also an attempt by the Trump White House to kill off the daily briefing - or, at least, fundamentally weaken its relevance - through benign neglect. After lobbing some strong words at Acosta he then played a clip of Acosta interrupting a press briefing, telling Press Secretary Sean Spicer to "turn on the cameras" at an audio-only event.

In fact, the only apparent explanation for the off-camera shift comes from White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who told The Atlantic's Rosie Gray in a text message, "Sean got fatter". Mr Spicer has recently claimed that White House reporters ask "snarky" questions to become "YouTube stars". No reporter has done so yet, though CNN has begun combining audio recordings of Spicer's answers with still photos to approximate the experience. If used properly, televised briefings can be an asset for the press and the White House alike. Todd's was defending rival news network CNN from White House criticism. "But talk to the people, not the press".

The source who consults the administration agreed. They have a significant stake in getting the briefings back on TV.

A former Republican National Committee staffer said the mistake the White House communications shop is making is cutting access to briefings, and not molding them into the form they want them to take, pointing to Skype questions that the administration has solicited from friendly conservative radio hosts and local affiliates in smaller cities.

"There's a video circulating now, whether it's accurate or not, I don't know".

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