Bring back daily White House press briefings

Published on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:19
Written by But as important as it is to hear from the president, spur-of-the-moment decisions to give answers to shouted questions are not sufficient.

By THE Washington Post

What used to be known as the White House daily briefing is no more. The White House held just one on-camera press briefing in September.

There were five in June, three in July and five in August. President Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the media, so perhaps the diminution of this tradition should come as no surprise. That, though, doesn’t make it any less troubling. Americans are ill-served when their government refuses to answer questions and provide information about its workings.

Press briefings were an almost daily occurrence in previous administrations, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has discounted their importance.

No question that Trump has taken full advantage of Twitter to make his views known. He sometimes participates in impromptu news conferences or takes questions from reporters during photo opportunities. Recently he has held two long news conferences, which are certainly valuable opportunities for Americans to hear from him directly.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:19. Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:21.