Clinton Spokesman Mike McCurry Created the Live White House Briefing. He Now Thinks They Should End.

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Mike McCurry, who served for three years as former President Bill Clinton’s press secretary, regrets allowing White House briefings to air in real-time, saying they have become an “afternoon matinee show.”

“When I got to the White House in 1995, the daily press briefing was not available for broadcast media,” McCurry told Mediaite in an interview this week. “Two great radio reporters came to me early in my term arguing that broadcast media should have equal access to the briefings. They needed the sound to do their hourly reports and to compete with their print colleagues.

“That made sense to me, so I opened up the briefings to be recorded by broadcast media… I was the
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