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In a flurry of tweets Friday morning, President Donald Trump ranted about media coverage of his daily White House press briefing, and seemed to threaten to shut it down:
...Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
The Fake Media is working overtime today!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
According to Joyella: Yes, yes, it's also about freedom of the press and the ability of journalists to have access to the West Wing and to demand answers to questions--beyond news releases printed and handed out.
In a statement, the White House Correspondents Association said ending the daily briefing "would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the U.S. system, no political figure is above being questioned."
The questioning was intense Thursday, with a deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders making emphatic statements about the firing of FBI Director James Comey that were later contradicted by Trump in an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.
But never forget this president that loves to watch TV news and obsesses over the way he's covered. Yes, he hates bad coverage, but the only thing worse would be not being talked about in the first place. Trump also loves a hit show and considers the daily briefing--usually featuring White House press secretary Sean Spicer--a smash