America's freedom depends on the press

Withholding things from the press has become something of a reflex with the Trump administration. On Monday, for example, the executive branch barred reporters from broadcasting that day’s White House press briefing; on Friday White House spokesman Sean Spicer held an audio-only press briefing. The briefings on or off-camera already having dwindled to a handful this month. And Donald Trump has floated the idea of ditching the live briefing altogether.

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