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.