WH On-Camera Briefings 'Could Be Cut Back — Ex-CNN Chief

After Acosta refused to stop badgering Spicer over why the cameras were shut off in a room that is basically equipped and lit to serve as a television studio, OAN reporter Trey Yingst asked Spicer to just answer the damn question.

But in the larger media war, neither side has much reason to cooperate - and so we can expect this particular battle to continue for the foreseeable future.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday dismissed criticism of the Trump administration's increasing lack of on-camera press briefings.

Spicer said "some days we'll have them" on camera, some days not. Spicer said last week that he agrees that the conversation about policy that takes place in the daily gatherings is important but that whether or not they are televised "is not the be-all and end-all".

Since returning from his trip, they have also held fewer press briefings.

Fox News' Sean Hannity called CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta "unhinged" in a Tuesday evening monologue, and on Wednesday, Acosta replied.

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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". "You look at the number of questions asked over and over again just so the reporter can get a clip of themselves saying something or yelling at someone". "I'm not sure any law would be broken if the the cameras were turned on surreptitiously", Dalglish said.

You can listen to the audio of yesterday's press briefing below. No reporter has done so yet, though CNN has begun combining audio recordings of Spicer's answers with still photos to approximate the experience. "Can we have the cameras on?"

Recently, Trump's press office, which has had a prickly relationship with the media, even went so far as to label the president's daily schedule, traditionally released to correspondents the previous evening, as "not reportable".

Jeffrey Lord, a CNN commentator and Trump supporter, said this is a typical issue that consumes the beltway media, while Trump's voters are instead "concerned about health care or their job or coal mining or what have you - whether there is video of a White House spokesman doesn't mean anything".

When Mitchell appeared like she was trying to get Isaacson to push for more on-camera briefings, Isaacson said, "I'm going to say something that's heretical".

The source who consults the administration agreed.

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