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The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness

The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness

The White House press briefing reached an ignominious milestone this week when a spokesman stood before reporters aboard Air Force One, read a series of prepared statements, then refused to take on-the-record questions during one of the newsiest days of the Trump presidency.

The briefing for decades has been a mix of spin and information. But under President Trump, a practice established to keep the public informed and the president accountable has increasingly failed to do either, according to academic experts and current and former journalists.

“The briefing is just unrecognizable from the days when it was a very useful tool,” said Ann Compton, a former ABC News...

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