The CNN team is extremely upset that the White House is limiting coverage of daily press briefings. White House press secretary Sean Spicer is relying more heavily on gaggles and audio only press briefings. To fight back, CNN actually brought in a courtroom sketch artist. No, really, they did.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 23, 2017
On Thursday, CNN’s Jim Acosta even said the White House was violating the “rights” of the American people.
I’m off today but it must be said that YOUR White House is taking away YOUR right to see and hear YOUR government answer questions today
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 22, 2017
No, Jim, that isn’t how the First Amendment works. No politician has an obligation to hold press briefings or even allow those briefings to be televised, lest he or she violate the “rights” of Americans. The First Amendment states that the freedom of the press should not be infringed upon. That means government officials shouldn’t be allowed to shut down media outlets because they don’t like what they are saying. It doesn’t mean anyone in the government must talk to those outlets on their terms.
Here are more of the sketches.
— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2017
CRTV’s Jon Miller outlined what the media are really upset with in a CRTV White House Brief this week.
As Miller said, this is more about the media personalities wanting to preen for the camera than any fundamental right.
The CNN crew should probably get over themselves.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.