Stephanie Grisham: Reporters Covering WH Press Conferences Just Trying to Get Famous
Stephanie Grisham became the White House Press Secretary in June of this year, following the departure of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Americans haven’t quite gotten familiar with Grisham, though, as she has never held a press briefing from the White House podium. In August, Grisham told Eric Bolling that she doesn’t see any need to hold pressers right now.
The Press Secretary does, however, often appear on conservative media channels. On Monday, she joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to discuss current events. During the appearance, she said that not having briefings is working out as many members of the press corps were just trying to become famous.
During the August interview with Bolling, Grisham said, “You’re hearing from me right now. But the president also ― he’s so accessible. Right now, I think that that’s good enough.”
During her Fox and Friends appearance, she continued along that line of thinking. When asked if the briefings would return, she replied, “Not right now. I mean, ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can do that, but right now he’s doing just fine. And to be honest, the briefings had become a lot of theater, and I think that a lot of reporters were doing it to get famous.”
Grisham felt that reporters had used the platform to promote books rather than get answers. She claimed, “they’re all getting famous off of this presidency.”
You can watch a clip of Grisham’s Fox and Friends interview below, courtesy of Fox News and Talking Points Memo:
White House Press Secretary: Trump ended press briefings because reporters "weren't being good to his people. He doesn't like that. He is very loyal to his people and he put a stop to it." pic.twitter.com/Z0OaK6kM2D
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 23, 2019