The White House has banned live audio, cameras, and streams at press briefings consistently since the end of June, leaving some outlets hamstrung and raising questions about the administration’s commitment to transparency. Wednesday’s briefing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders was yet again an “off-camera” affair — But one reporter has apparently had enough with the arbitrary media stifling.
Using Periscope, Pavlovic posted two streams, the first 17 minutes long, the second 31 minutes. Although the audio quality is poor, it’s better than nothing.
It’s not clear what the blowback will be from the White House, which has been keeping the briefings off of its livestreams and releasing written transcripts hours later. We reached out to the press office for comment.
On Pavlovic’s audio posts many thanked the reporter for making the White House’s comments more accessible. She was commended for being courageous and gutsy for posting the off-limits audio.
Thanks. I hope all reporters will follow your lead.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) July 19, 2017
Bravo! This was a gutsy and necessary thing to do.
— Sandra Souza (@SandraLSouza) July 19, 2017
Thank you for your courage. The White House does not belong to Trump, or any president. It is the people’s house. Sanders, et al work for us
— S (@Yes_Its_Me_S) July 19, 2017
Watch for a possible upcoming media mutiny.