White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers explained in a March 1993 C-SPAN interview that the White House went with live, on-camera briefings to the press for a few weeks.
Some say having the briefings off-camera reduces government accessibility and accountability, while others say reporters use the on-camera briefings to grandstand and the briefings themselves aren't productive.
"We'll see, we'll just - we'll continue to mix things up", responded Spicer. Acosta demanded. He received no answer from the press secretary.
"Yeah, some days we'll have them on, some days we'll have them off", the spokesman said. Look, this is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since day one.
His gaffes (including some much-criticized remarks about Hitler and the Holocaust) made the White House press briefings into appointment viewing, and provided Melissa McCarthy with enough fuel for an unforgettable Saturday Night Live impression. Flynn in her letter urges Spicer to drop the briefing ban on cameras and live audio immediately and for the Trump Administration to hold itself accountable to the nation it was elected to serve.
This matters. Not only is it it a break with long-held tradition, it's also an attempt by the Trump White House to kill off the daily briefing - or, at least, fundamentally weaken its relevance - through benign neglect.
Acosta, who has vocally opposed to the White House's press briefings not being on camera, said that he tried asking White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about fundraisers President Donald Trump is hosting for Republicans at Trump-owned properties.
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"We're watching the most unusual presidency of our lifetime, and I do think it's important to try to separate out what's really important from what isn't".
Spicer, calling on Trey Yingst of One America News Network, was instead forced to finally answer. "Can we have the cameras on?" "The president's going to speak today in the Rose Garden". Raising the idea that Comey may have been taped in the White House "was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those (congressional) hearings", she said.
President of the White House Correspondents' Association, Jeff Mason, said that he had raised the issue with Spicer and Sanders.
"I prefer the spokesman ignore the room", the source said.
The source who consults the administration agreed. "I don't know what they're thinking".