CNN Sends Courtroom Sketch Artist To Cover White House Press Briefing

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CNN sent a courtroom sketch artist to Sean Spicer’s White House press briefing Friday to express frustration with the White House banning video or live audio recordings at some recent briefings.

Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy was the artist present, according to CNN’s Brain Stelter. The news organization wanted to send an artist to sketch the scene so that the public could get a sense of what the room looked like during the briefing, due to the fact that there has been no live audio or video allowed at many recent briefings.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and the Trump administration have recently been facing large amounts of criticism, especially from CNN. White House correspondent Jim Acosta recently got agitated on air, saying that he feels like the White House is “stonewalling” him because they will reportedly not answer any of his questions.

“The White House press secretary has gotten to a point where he is kind of useless,” Acosta said.


CNN anchors compared the White House briefings to Supreme Court hearings that are on-the-record events in which cameras are not allowed.

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