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Zurawik: After Trump v. Acosta, it's time to stop broadcasting White House press briefings live

Zurawik: After Trump v. Acosta, it's time to stop broadcasting White House press briefings live

With a holiday pause in what’s been largely covered as the warfare between President Donald Trump’s White House and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, this is a good time to step back and look at the issue of presidential news conference coverage on TV through a broader lens.

Let’s put aside the heated rhetoric and personality-oriented-Trump-v.-Acosta framing and ask more fundamental questions, such as: With all the disinformation and lies coming from that podium in the White House press room, what are we getting from these sessions anyway? And, more importantly, what are we delivering to the American people with our live coverage?

Some might say democracy itself, citing the...

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