CNN is going crazy over the White House press briefings. Instead of allowing cameras and recording devices the White House took question and answers from the media in a “gaggle.” A gaggle is where the briefing cannot be recorded , but reporters are allowed to take notes with pen and pad.
This was not good news for Jim Acosta and Anderson Cooper from CNN. Acosta accused the White House of “stone walling” the media. Copper asked the question “what are they afraid of ?”
So we went over to http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/press_briefings.php and looked at the past history of White House gaggles under President Obama. Here were the results.
2016 - 20 gaggles with Josh Earnest
2015 - 24 gaggles with Josh Earnest
2014 - 34 gaggles with Josh Earnest
2013 - 30 gaggles with Josh Earnest and Jay Carney
2012 - 86 gaggles With Robert Gibbs and Jay Carney
2011 - 62 gaggles With Robert Gibbs
2010 - 18 gaggles With Robert Gibbs
2009 - 43 gaggles With Robert Gibbs
And going even farther here is the transcript from January 24, 2013 gaggle in which Jay Carney talking about the media requesting more off camera gaggles and he would be “happy to oblige.”
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2013
Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 1/24/2013
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
10:32 A.M. EST MR. CARNEY: Good morning. Welcome to the first gaggle of the second term. (Laughter.)
MR. CARNEY: Precisely. The first only comes once. So, as you know, the President is -- you’ll see the President later this afternoon. He has a personnel announcement, and therefore I decided to move my meeting with you to the morning, do an off-camera gaggle, something that a number of you have asked that we do a little more frequently and I’m happy to oblige.
Nothing is unprecedented about what the White House is doing with briefings on camera or off. The media just wants more ammunition to use against this White House and this President to fill the 24 hour news cycle.
Obama good . Trump Bad.