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White House tells reporters not to report

Ceci n’est pas un press report.


Sarah Jasmine Montgomery


Posted on Jun 22, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 2:09 am CDT

If President Donald Trump’s administration was an artistic movement, it would probably be closer to abstract art—say, a hard-to-understand Jackson Pollock. But in very surreal, René Magritte fashion (think “this is not a pipe”), the administration sent an announcement labeled “NOT REPORTABLE” to disclose that Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not be giving a video-recorded press briefing on Thursday.

As Slate put it: The White House warned reporters not to report on… instructions about not reporting.

The White House is holding fewer on-camera press conferences these days despite their high ratings, and their helpful use as a vehicle for the free press. Of course, as an administration riddled with leaks and press scrutiny, it makes sense that they are trying to keep a lid on the most classified information like the president’s afternoon meeting with the International Olympic Committee. Or maybe it’s just an artistic choice?

H/T Slate

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*First Published: Jun 22, 2017, 3:36 pm CDT