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White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 10, 2017. Spicer discussed Syria, Trump's first one hundred days in office and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

CNN reacted to an off-camera WH press briefing by sending a sketch artist in its place


CNN on Friday reported that the network’s regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings attending that afternoon’s White House press briefing.

Bill Hennessy reportedly doodled Friday’s briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, which was conducted off-camera.

CNN purportedly equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument - an on-the-record event where cameras are prohibited.

The network, which has repeatedly clashed with President Trump’s administration about media coverage, shared Hennessy’s work on Twitter.

CNN reacted to an off-camera WH press briefing by sending a sketch artist in its place

Some Twitter users on Friday praised CNN’s decision, which occurred during the third off-camera White House press briefing this week.

Curtis Houck, managing editor of NewsBusters, on Friday criticized the unusual move on Twitter.

Multiple White House press corps members earlier this week slammed the White House’s decision to begin conducting some of its briefings off-camera Monday.

Jim Acosta, who is CNN’s White House reporter, said that Spicer appears “useless” after the controversial move.

“If they’re getting to this point where he’s not going to answer questions or go on camera or have audio, why are we even having these briefings or gaggles in the first place?” he said after Monday’s briefing.

President Trump has repeatedly critiqued the media’s coverage of his administration, often labeling reports and journalists he thinks are biased as “fake news.”

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