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No White House Press Briefings

Oct 1, 2019

Politico recently reported that White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that she is not likely to conduct a White House press briefing anytime in the near future. Politico reported that Grisham criticized the once-regular sessions as an act of "theater" for reporters seeking "to get famous" during the televised news conferences.

The Politico article also said Grisham has rarely participated in on-camera interviews since becoming press secretary in June. She praised President Trump as “his own best spokesperson” and claimed he is “the most accessible president in history.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss why they oppose Grisham’s policy and why they feel the briefings are an important service to the American people.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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