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The Problem with the Horse’s Mouth: The Case for the White House Press Briefing

June 14, 2019

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This is a student post, in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Democracy Initiative.

In 1913, Woodrow Wilson held the White House’s first press conference. In 1914, the White House Correspondents Association was formed to protect the journalists assigned to cover the White House. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover formally established the position of White House Press Secretary, naming George Akerson to the position. Ever since, the White House has grown gradually more open to the press, with briefings becoming more frequent, presidents themselves more accessible, and the inner-workings of the federal government more transparent to the American public. The

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