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

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

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.