The State Department and Pentagon have made similar cutbacks. In recent times, concession had not been allowed up until last week after protest from the press.
There are signs, however, that reporters may be gradually finding their backbones.
Once, the White House did both an off-camera gaggle and an on-camera briefing, every day, but the Bush administration eliminated the morning gaggle. "Look at the number of questions that get asked over and over again just so a reporter can get a clip of themselves saying something or yelling at someone". Spicer has said the policy is created to thwart reporters who are trying "to become YouTube stars" by asking "some snarky question".
'Why are the cameras off, Sean, why did you turn them off?
Spicer ignored him, but Acosta kept at it.
'It's a legitimate question, ' Ryan said. Can we address the cameras issue?' Yingst asked.
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Acosta said in an interview later that reporters have to start pushing back against the erosion of access.
One America News Network White House correspondent Trey Yingst then asked, "Can we get this out of the way?" "[I'm] not going to stop. Can you at least give us an explanation for why the cameras are off?" Has it been the fake news media?
They have traditionally been livestreamed by C-SPAN and the White House, as well.
But other than advocating for more access, there isn't much the White House Correspondents' Association can do, Mason acknowledged. "I wish it were". Jeff Mason, the president of the WHCA, met with Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, last week. Once it was over, several news outlets aired the briefing in its entirety.
And, they generally say, a broad boycott is unlikely and perhaps even unwise.
The White House knows all of this.
Acosta spoke with White House press aides, returned with a CNN placard, and sat in a seat in the front row that was left empty. An off-camera briefing makes the briefing non-existent for many people. Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings. Presidents have traditionally answered a few questions from the press at public ceremonies with foreign dignitaries. "I want the president's voice to carry the day".