White House press conference no-camera notice is "not reportable," White House says.

White House Warns Reporters Not to Report on Instructions About Not Reporting on Thursday’s Press Conference

White House Warns Reporters Not to Report on Instructions About Not Reporting on Thursday’s Press Conference

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June 22 2017 12:31 PM

White House Warns Reporters Not to Report on Instructions About Not Reporting on Thursday’s Press Conference

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The Trump administration, acting on the fairly sound logic that its supporters don't care in any way whatsoever about the civic principle that the government should be scrutinized by a free press, has started to cut down on the number of press conferences it gives that occur on camera. Wednesday, the administration announced that Thursday's* press briefing by Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be one such no-video affair, then introduced a Kafka-esque twist by declaring that the announcement itself was "NOT REPORTABLE."

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*Correction, June 22, 2017, at 12:50 p.m.: This post originally identified Thursday as Tuesday. It's been a long week.