As CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta whines and complains about not being allowed to record video during the White House press briefings, he might benefit from remembering that the Clinton administration in 1993 banned on-camera press briefings for a period of time.
The Blaze reported:
In 1993, during the first year of then-President Bill Clinton’s administration, the White House stopped hosting on-camera press briefings because — according to then-White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers — they just weren’t necessary.
“I think that that was something that we did in the first week or two — I can’t remember exactly when we stopped it,” Myers told C-SPAN in a recently discovered clip from March 1993. “It was a new administration. I think we wanted to talk about what was going on here.”
She went on to tell the host that the White House determined it “wasn’t really necessary” to host daily, on-camera press briefings. Myers noted that, in lieu of airing the entire briefing, the Clinton administration would only be broadcasting the first five minutes of the daily briefings from fellow communications aide George Stephanopoulos.
“The briefing is more an opportunity to exchange ideas and to have a conversation about what’s happening,” Myers explained. “That wasn’t really happening as productively as we had hoped.”
The then-press secretary said the White House would continue holding three briefings — one in the morning, one midday, and one in the evening. Those, however, were “just not for cameras,” Myers said.
Clinton Admin BANNED On-Camera Press Briefings in 1993 for a period of time.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 27, 2017
Funny how the fake news mainstream media gave the Clintons a pass!