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Ari Fleischer: WH Press Briefings Shouldn't Be 'A Red-Hot TV Show'

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 12:56 PM

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is calling for the current administration to cease airing its press conferences on live television.

"I'm for toning down Washington, D.C. Too much fighting, not enough getting done for the country," Fleischer told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Tuesday.

"And part of that is why I'm supporting taking the briefing off of live TV," he added. "The briefing should be more of a serious briefing than a red hot TV show."

On Monday, current White House press secretary Sean Spicer held an off-camera press conference, his first briefing in nearly three weeks.

This isn't a new position for Fleischer. The former press secretary to George W. Bush argued in January that President Donald Trump should shake up the typical style of press briefing.

"The briefing today has become an occasion for too much posturing on both sides of the camera," he wrote in a column for Columbia Journalism Review.

"If the briefing is 'embargoed' until its conclusion, it will become just one of several raw ingredients that journalists can use to prepare their reports on the work of the president and the White House.

"It would instantly become a toned-down briefing, and reporters would use the information from the briefing and test it against other sources as they prepare coverage. It would not be a 'news event' in and of itself."

Fleischer recommended Tuesday that the White House should "tone it all down. Take the briefing off of all TV. Let it be embargoed so it's a piece of news that you use in the evening news. You use snippets later."

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