CBS News correspondent thinks this location has become the new White House briefing room

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CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller has an idea about what is the “new” White House briefing room.

  • There was only a single formal White House briefing in the month of September.
  • Instead, Knoller points out that the White House driveway appears to be the new favorite location for administration officials to talk to the press.
  • Knoller notes that, by his count, there have been only 10 briefings since July 23, 2018.
  • On the other hand, there have been at least 20 “gaggles” on the driveway.
  • The term “gaggle” is used to refer to an informal press event, traditionally with the White House press secretary.
  • However, during the George W. Bush administration, videography was banned, but all comments were on the record.
  • The most recent “gaggles”  — if that is the label being used for the latest events on the White House driveway — obviously allow still photography and also involve a variety of officials.
  • In addition, in at least two of the photos, it appears a video camera is being operated.
  • In February 2017, the White House excluded CNN, The New York Times and Politico from a gaggle, while allowing networks “favorable” to the White House to participate.