With cameras banned from White House press briefing, CNN sends sketch artist

It sent veteran courtroom sketch artist Bill Hennessy to draw Sean Spicer as he briefed reporters.CNN said it “equated press briefings to a Supreme Court argument – an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned”.However Trump’s White House Press Sectary Sean Spicer has defended these procedures.Hennessy’s work isn’t exclusive to CNN.In what seems to be yet another assault on Media by the Trump administration, the White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings. In fact, it was reported that the White House had already started doing this with the State Department as they’ve gone from airing daily press briefings to holding them sporadically, even shortening them.White House correspondents, meanwhile, have argued on-camera briefings are important because getting the press secretary on camera is the best way to hold an administration accountable. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll published Friday reflected a split in Americans’ views of media fairness.That move was greeted by mixed reviews, with some applauding the network’s efforts to sidestep White House demands and others criticizing CNN for not taking a tougher stance for press access.”We have urged the White House not to replace on-camera briefings with ‘gaggles, ‘ not-for-broadcast question-and-answer sessions”, Mason wrote.”We have been talking about reforming health care for a number of years, I don’t think it’s moving too fast when it’s been almost eight years”, she said. “I think it s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies. I think that it’s sad that they have chosen to play partisan politics instead of trying to have a seat at the table”.