White House tells reporters not to report


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

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery is a Daily Dot contributor whose writing and criticism cover all things pop culture, with an emphasis on how communities of color impact physical and digital cultural spaces. Her writing and photography have also appeared in Texas Monthly, the Fader, Complex, and Billboard.