The following excerpt comes from today’s Morning Media Newsfeed from AdWeek:
Media access to the incoming Trump administration continues to take shape. During the Sunday shows and continuing into Monday morning, administration officials all but admitted the James S. Brady press briefing room, which has 49 seats for journalists, won’t be utilized as it had before for daily press briefings—at least not in the early days. (TVNewser)
According to three senior officials on the transition team, a plan to evict the press corps from the White House is under serious consideration by the incoming Trump Administration. If the plan goes through, one of the officials said, the media will be removed from the White House press room, where it has worked for several decades. Members of the press will be relocated to the White House Conference Center—near Lafayette Square—or to a space in the Old Executive Office Building, next door to the White House. (Esquire)
Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, in an interview on This Week on ABC, said that under discussion is whether to move briefings to a larger space to accommodate more people. (Variety)
Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer has also been framing the issue as one of expanding access, as “an opportunity to potentially allow more members of the media to be part of this.” (Mediaite)
“They are the opposition party,” one senior official told Esquire. “I want ’em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.” Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, met with Spicer Sunday. In a statement released after the meeting, Mason called the two-hour sitdown “productive” and says he “emphasized the importance of the White House press briefing room.” (Poynter / MediaWire)
Sure looks like the president-elect is winning.