CNN White House Reporter Questions Covering 'Bizarre' And 'Pointless' Briefings


CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday said the White House is barring recording equipment from its daily press briefings so that its "evasive answers" to reporters' questions will not be documented on tape.

The White House traditionally communicates with reporters at night to tell them what time the next day's briefing or gaggle ― a format often used when the president is traveling ― will be held.

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On air, Acosta told anchor Brooke Baldwin that the White House was "stonewalling" the news media.

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"The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio", Acosta said.

Maybe the White House is headed down the same path as the State Department, which held: zero briefings in January, zero in February, 10 in March (four off-camera), six in April (two off-camera), zero in May, and four in June, so far. Audio coverage was also prohibited, leaving reporters' Twitter feeds as the only real-time coverage of the back-and-forth. Many journalists were alarmed as the Trump campaign blacklisted more than half a dozen news organizations during the presidential campaign, but there was no serious, concerted response.

As the President's woes have increased with the Russian Federation and obstruction of justice investigations, the White House has increasingly tried to limit the information that is made available to the American people. "That when they give us answers, that it somehow reads better in print than it could be seen on television or heard over the radio".

"That is the only conclusion one could draw", Acosta said.