How Bill Shine (and Donald Trump) killed the White House press briefing

The results speak for themselves. There hasn’t been a press briefing by press secretary Sarah Sanders since January 28 — a space of 39 days. Prior to that January 28 briefing, Sanders hadn’t done a press briefing in 40 days, according to Jim Acosta. Do the math and you get this: The White House has held a “daily” press briefing once in the last 79 days. And, according to The New York Times, Sanders did one press briefing a month in September, November and December.

Trump has been dismissive of the need for these daily — or even weekly — briefings since almost the start of his presidency. Sean Spicer, the White House’s first press secretary, held the briefings regularly, but within the span of a few months it became like watching a car crash in slow motion — over and over again. When Trump replaced Spicer with Sanders, the briefings slowed. Then Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director and, in a remarkable first appearance behind the podium, he promised a return to more regular briefings. The Mooch was fired 11 days later.