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White House tells reporters not to report
Ceci n’est pas un press 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.
Tomorrow has a Sanders "gaggle," again with ground rules to not broadcast any of it. pic.twitter.com/XbO5thWIsX— Jared Rizzi (@JaredRizzi) June 22, 2017
No camera or recording allowed tomorrow at White House briefing with spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, per advisory.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 22, 2017
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?
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.