When the White House recently started prohibiting cameras at some on-the-record press briefings, CNN decided to cover the events the same way they do for a Supreme Court hearing - with a sketch artist.
Brian Stelter of CNN reports that on Friday, June 23, sketch artist Bill Hennessy was sent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefing. CNN shared Hennessy’s sketches with other media outlets, much like a pool situation.
In the sketch, one can see a video camera to the right, but it was turned off prior to the briefing. Other equipment was also in the room, sitting inactive in their regular positions.
In an earlier article posted on Friday before the hearing, Stelter reported that the White House has not said why they are banning cameras and live audio broadcasting from some briefings. Press Secretary Spicer has said that with cameras on, he feels the briefings become “performance art.” Stelter writes that “Inch by inch by inch, the administration has been rolling back press access, which means less information for the public.”