Dear Diary… Jim Acosta Posts Mournful Photo of Dark, Empty White House Press Briefing Room

CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta posted a photo Friday night of a dark, empty White House James S. Brady Press Briefing Room with the mournful caption, “The WH briefing room as it’s basically been for months. We see WH staffers taking pictures in here from time to time. There was one key official doing just that tonight. But it’s not really used for briefings anymore.”

Under orders from President Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has stopped holding regular briefings, with the last one being on January 28, and the one before that on December 18. Sanders held one briefing in November on the 27th, two in October on the 3rd and 29th, and one in September on the 10th.

Trump tweeted on January 22, “The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

The White House press briefings were being used by some reporters to boost their marketability by being openly hostile and contemptuous of Trump’s press secretaries–and of Trump himself.

Acosta briefly had his White House hard pass taken from him over his abusive behavior during a press conference by Trump on November 7 last year.

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