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.
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.
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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