With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

They brought along a Supreme Court sketch artist, named Bill Hennessey to the White House for today's briefing, and while his sketches really don't add much to their reporting, it was the statement it made that counts.

Sketching Spicer would seem to represent another effort to highlight the unusual nature of the White House press shop's recent recalcitrance. Considering it a service to journalism and an open press or whatever, CNN is letting other news agencies use the sketches, so here it is. Lacking footage and wanting some kind of visual element, CNN came up with a rather creative solution: a courtroom sketch artist.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday accused White House reporters of playing up to the cameras and of wanting to become "YouTube stars".

Press secretaries for both Republican and Democratic presidents have regularly held on-camera press briefings for the past 25 years.

As Mr. Spicer and Ms. Sanders have been trading briefing duties, Mr. Spicer has spoken with potential candidates to take over the daily role at the White House lectern.

When asked Friday whether he'd ever appear on camera again at a press briefing, Spicer replied that "some days we'll do it" on camera.

Spicer said it was the right of reporters to play to the cameras "but it's our job to make sure that we're providing updates and readouts of what the president is doing and the advances he is making on his agenda".

Spicer was asked on Friday afternoon about the rollback in access. "I think it would be hard to deny the fact that they're an extension of the administration when you have Cabinet secretaries and senior-level staffers that are in meetings and conversations regarding the legislation".

  • Zachary Reyes