Since the White House has been barring cameras at certain press briefings, CNN had the idea that they’d send a sketch artist.
Bill Hennessey usually provides sketches of Supreme Court proceedings for the network, but this Friday he headed over to the White House and drew up a sketch of a press briefing hosted by Sean Spicer.
Some conservative media voices dismissed it as a stunt, but CNN argued that the sketch session did serve a journalistic purpose, in the same way that courtroom sketches do.
CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument — an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned.
Hennessy’s presence highlighted the significant change in White House access that has taken place recently.
Press secretaries for Democratic and Republican presidents have held on-camera briefings on a regular basis for the past quarter century.