Scott Jennings, former special assistant to President George W. Bush, says there is "frustration in the White House" over communicating their achievements. He thinks Scaramucci's role will be to solve that.
Dan Pfeiffer, former senior advisor to Obama, says the cameras in the White House press briefings will turn on as a sign that Scaramucci is "playing ball," until they'll curb access again, using it "as a stick to whack the press with."
Sinclair's TV segments by former White House operative Boris Ephsteyn are "close to classic propaganda," Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik says. He highlights Sinclair's powerful connection through 173 stations across the U.S.
Ken Kurson asserts that "the press has assigned itself the chore of undoing the results of this election, which they simply don't accept." Brian Stelter and Tara Palmeri disagree. The role of a journalist is to be "critical, no matter who the president is," Palmeri says.
Non-answers are commonplace at the press briefings. But Jeff Mason, head of the White House Correspondents' Association, says the sessions are important both in principle and in practice. Ken Kurson disagrees, calling them "so canned."
Ken Kurson spent time with President Trump on Saturday. He says journalists don't appreciate the fact that Trump is a "normal" person who "connects" with people. Brian Stelter suggests improved media accessibility would help share this with the public.
White House Correspondents Association president Jeff Mason and Politico's Tara Palmeri discuss the Trump administration's efforts to push back on hard-hitting coverage. Mason says the White House wanted the association to issue a statement criticizing one of Palmeri's stories. He refused to do so.