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international studies at 8:30 a.m. eastern on c-span and c-span2. white house press secretary sarah sanders and also mike mccurry spoke. this is 50 minutes. [crowd chattering]
thank what martha does in terms of the scholarship and research, she is a constant resource for all of us who cover the white house and for any of the american public was interested in the presidency and operations inside the building. also want to thank the white house historical association for your generosity and support of our programs and of martha's work and of all of our studies in the interest in the presidency. before i turn things over to martha, i want to mention that last night, the w hca was in missouri at the truman library for what we hope will be the first of many partnerships and events with presidential libraries and museums across the country, talking with americans outside of the beltway and answering their questions about the presidency, the press, and the interaction between the two.
we got a ton of questions and interest, and it may veer our questions tonight -- but we just wanted to let all of you know that if this is the enterprise rent interested and come anyone watching, yet was to come to your hometown, let us know and we'll work on it. we will be at the reagan library in may as well, none of these people need an introduction, but i will turn it over to martha, and thank you all for coming tonight. [applause] martha: thank you very much, margaret, i appreciate it. i am martha kumar, and i am with the white house transition project. we are a non-partisan side who study the presidency and study the white house and prepare information for people coming into the white
house. steve thomas, executive director of the white house correspondents' association and done a great deal. they are working together for access to information and getting what they think the public needs. i also want to thank carrie sullivan was the executive director of the white house transition project who worked on preparation as well. the genesis of the panel is a belief out there that the briefing is the place where reporters get all of that information and that people think it is useless. we are going to show the many
ways in which the briefing is important to reporters. it is important to the public, and important to the president as well. in the first panel, since we have sarah sanders and mike mccurry who are going to talk about being press secretaries and the role of the briefing and also the role of the press secretary. and then there is going to be a panel of reporters who are going to talk about where they get their information so you can see it is more than just a briefing. the reporters are going to be peter baker of the new york times, steve holland of reuters, margaret, as president of the association will talk about access. so let's begin.
in looking at the briefing, let's start with you, mike, because you bought the televised briefing. [laughter] mike: a bad thing. martha: why did you bring television cameras and and how is it useful to reporters, the president, the staff, and also to the public? mike: let me step back for a second. the idea that the president of the united states has someone on his or her behalf every day to stand up and be accountable and to answer questions and sometimes they are vigorous -- and not exactly the questions the white house wants to hear everyday, but that is a important part of our process. the respect for that and the respect for what we call the fourth estate and the media is very important. i want to put you on the spot --
they are not the enemy of the people. they are a critical part in the in the way in which we come to understand what is our government really trying to do each and every day. to your question, when i was at the state department in the first two years with the clinton administration in 1993 and 1994, we had televised briefings there and they got to the white house and said, they don't televise -- that is bs, why don't we change the rules. no problem. it was fine until monica lewinsky. [laughter]
mike: as you remember, i wish that i had put in place a rule that we have at the state department, which is, you don't live broadcast these things. they are raw material for journalists who are trying to gather information about the white house. they are not news events. you have to go out -- [indiscernible] mike: it is treated now as an entertainment product on cable television, and that is not what the white house briefing was supposed to be. it is a briefing, you get this information that the white house puts out. you as reporters check that against other sources, and then you report and give us, the american people, a more valid report. when it becomes a life tv production every day, it becomes something else than what a briefing is supposed to be. i very much regret that i did not put some restrictions on how that briefing what happen every
day, which basically said, it is a burden until after it is over. it is not life, you can put on is over. ed until it live.not but youput it on live, yourto go live with preporting o it aver. -- of it after. would have been a different kind of event if it had not been a theater production every day. i regret that mistake, but the cat's out of the barn on that, it is not going to change and
you have to go live every day, that is the way it is. part of the change in the media, the media has changed and the immediacy of social media -- it is part of the change. remember, as my daughter reminds me, dad, you were a big shot, but it was like, in the last century. [laughter] mike: and she is right about that come up because when we were doing this we didn't have social media or facebook, twitter, all the things you have to contend with now. it was a different environment. but i think if i had thought it through more carefully, i would have established different ground rules and different ways in which people could assess the information they get in that briefing because it has become something that it should not be if we are interested in keeping the public informed about what are the critical things they need to know about the president's decisions on the white house. that is not a popular view among some of you here, i know, but that is the way i think about it. right, i amis all used to not being the most
popular person in the room. mike: we have news at the state permit that you will go live with it until after the briefing was over, and they give journalists a chance to assess what was really newsworthy that came out of this that people needed to know. but now it is theater. you have to perform every day. you always look very good. sarah: thank you. pearls.like the it is theater, and it is not a briefing. we need more transparency and more access to information, and more of the public hearing what needs to happen -- it is fine, c-span is here tonight, and we love them because they actually take the briefing and put it on
late at night so if someone wanted to see the briefing, they whole briefing that ratatattat stuff that goes on. martha: what do you think of the briefing, for letting the president know what is important, what can't be avoided, what the priorities are, in some ways it is a warning system so that having the president watch the briefing lets him know what is going on. did president clinton watch it? mike: thankfully not. but i will turn it over to sarah because i think our president is more attuned to it. martha: sarah, what do you think the uses of the briefing being? sarah: i agree that i think the purpose of the briefing,
particularly how it was originally intended is meant to inform the public. by way, informing the public, but two, informing the press to further disseminate information. i think it is a useful tool, and i do agree that a lot of times, the theatrics of it take away from the news component. i think most people at home don't care about a lot of the issues we spent was that our time talking about in the briefing. i have said that before and i am sure it is not going to be a popular answer here, but a lot of times we have topics that make for better tv than they do for informing the policy and the substance of what is actually taking place at the
white house. if there was a way to have more substance in the briefing, i do think it would be better for the american people. i know that, to echo the point mike made -- when the cameras were off, there was a brief period -- i'm not advocating for the cameras going off, there is transparency and having them on, but i can tell you the amount of substance was much higher and the type of questions and the tone of the questions was very different in a time period from our administration where the cameras were off than on days they are on. again, i am not advocating we turn them off because i agree there is something nice for the american public to be able to see that interaction.
but i do think if we had a little more substance it would benefit all of us a little bit. suddenly from the white house perspective and the media would benefit from it because i think there are a lot of serious journalists and reporters who showed to work every day and actually try to put out good information. i think if there was more of that exchange and more substance discussed, then it would benefit both sides a lot better. mike: the quick point on that, in the history of televised briefings -- it began with carter in the 1970's during the hostage crisis. he first allowed to televised briefings at the state department, and they developed a practice where there would be a
live briefing, and reporters gather on that ground session. it was a little artificial, people could tell who is doing the briefing and who is the senior administration official doing the briefing. but there was a way to get the public information that they needed to have that was not consumed in this theater -- the televised briefing. i wish -- part of it is, you have got to have an administration committed to respect the role of the free press. you cannot have a president who declares them to be the enemy and goes out and describes them as fake news everyday. that does not create the environment which we have to exchange we are talking about.
part of that is political theater. if we can get away from political theater and get to the idea that the public has the right to know, they have a right to know what the government is doing, and there needs to be access to the information that we need to have. there needs to be different ways of conveying that information. life televised briefing at the white house is not -- it may be entertainment for cable television news in the afternoon, but it may not be the best way to get the public information they need. as long as you are working to get critical information in front of the public and working with reporters and asking about this reporter that reporter, sometimes many of you here in the audience don't even go to the briefing because you say, that is not the best use of my time. the best use of my time is actually doing the work of reporting, that i need to do day in and day out. if you are working with them in creating an environment in which you are helping them get access to the information they need, then i think we end up in a better place at the and of the day. i am not try to be critical. martha: one of the things that you all did particularly, and i
would say in the first six months or nine months of the administration -- was to have briefings by administration officials and have them come in to the briefing room. so reporters and the briefing room could ask questions and it was not televised. those were very informative sessions and ones where i thought that a team of reporters came. they all knew it was an opportunity, whether it was an opportunity to talk to mcmaster, tillerson, mcunchin. mnuchin. wilbur ross. throughe people cycled and there was a lot of information in those briefings, and they still do some, but they are in a low-key, but information rich.
sarah: it is interesting you brought that up, we still do a number of those, but we have people who come in the front and of the re-think, and we can get that information out there. what is incredibly interesting, because those are very policy driven, it is interesting that rarely do all of the cable networks cover that first part of the briefing. on most occasions when i come in, i will do an opening, and then i will introduce a cabinet level official or subject matter expert, and the cables will cut away and don't come back until the q&a, and that is the point i am making, it echoes exactly what mike is saying. we have lost the purpose of what the briefing was intended to be. it meant to inform the public and inform reporters so they could further informs the public.
we are getting further and further away from the component, particularly where the more substantial parts of the briefing are the least covered. those are not the pieces you see plate over again, and they are rarely covered at all in the front end of the briefing, and that is a real missed opportunity by the press, but i also think it is a disservice to the american people and i think that is why you will see some frustration from this administration. we could not support or be bigger advocates of the first amendment -- but there's a root level of responsibility of being a journalist -- there is a level of responsibility when it comes to being a journalist, and the purpose of what the to do their jobs, there are a handful of people that i don't think are as responsible with that information.
i think that can be very inaccurate at times, and put out misleading information, and i do think that is problematic. one of the other problems you see -- anybody with a phone or computer will call themselves reporters. i think that is a challenge that actual journalists have to fight with. we have a lot of people who applied for passes to come to the press briefing that may not actually have a true outlet that they are writing, but we allow all individuals to come in and ask questions. i think that is a challenge that reporters are fighting between real reporters and real journalists and people who may have a blog, and those two things, that is a blurry line between them. i think the real news component gets lost in the shuffle. mike: i want to comment on that, i believe -- i did the same
thing, we actually did these briefings, and martha, you may remember this on foreign trips. we bring in historians, wet no connection to the white house, but had knowledge of the countries we are visiting with the g8 or something like that, and we would bring them in. meonfess that was for sometimes stalling until a had needed.ers they but at the end of the day we there andd to go out be accountable. you cannot do this job in an environment in which you are belligerent and saying we are at war with these people every day
in the media. sarah: i don't think i said anything similar to that. mike: no you haven't, and you get great credit for being amicable, but your president has got to change the way he talks about the media. he has to. it is critical to how we hold our glue together and how our democracy functions. he is creating an environment that is hard for people to do this transaction. of getting the public the information they need to have the and for people to do the job. we have to take the hard questions, get beat up as the press. i understand that is part of the job. but it has to come from some level of respect that there is a critical role to play and the presidential comments sometimes are seeming like he does not really respect that critical
relationship. i'm not trying to put you on the spot. sarah: there is a level of respect that could certainly be brought from the press corps as well. the idea that you are going to lay that blame at the feet of the president i find to be far-fetched. we do the very best we can to present information. a lot of it, frankly the preston is not care about. they don't care about the information we are putting out there and they would rather talk real stories that are a disservice. mike: it does not seem like that --
sarah: the historical numbers do not lie. 90% -- >> not true. wait a minute. this country is actually doing really well. have that much positive 10% to talk about and only of the time and discovered, i think it is hard to argue there should not be a certain level of frustration. mike: look, i had that frustration. every president has -- >> your numbers were better. mike: well, if you want to think ill clinton -- >> he had his share of scandal. i think it is fair to say -- bill clinton had the liberal press on his side all the time, i wish they would've shut up more often.
but -- -- between the press and the white house it has always existed. difference is we always understood and respected they were the fourth estate. they were there, we had to deal with them and they were at the conduit through which we kept people informed for better or worse. and some days we got the worst instead of the better. but we did not declare war on them. sarah: we did not the clear war on them. guess you did. yes, you did. it you need to roll that back. presidentthing the has been doing is speaking regularly to the press. by the way,s more, he is more accessible in doing the exchanges. you are the master of the data
on all of this. he is probably more accessible than either obama or clinton. host: out was the first year before you got there. --e: you mean host: jefferson memorial, he stopped at the restaurant in capitol hill and reporters got him. but president trump does do a lot of short q&a. mike: but that is the form now. to press conferences. that is kind of an artificial measure compared to your measure, which is when do you interact with the press and get questions. sarah: i would like to jump in and make the point that you
don't have somebody who is accessible and accountable by the press, by the definition that he spends as much time interacting with the presidency does, i think it is hard to argue that he is not open to answering questions and being held accountable by the press. that is a big difference and regularly left out of conversations, how accessible the president is. and how often he interacts with the public in a variety of different ways. host: yeah. very: it makes things different. i make it -- i think it makes it hard to compare apples to apples. we are doing with a whole lot of .hings that did not even exist some of the comments on twitter id facebook, from both sides think create a different element, different and ferment that makes it really hard to
compare the two administrations. mike: i know you have good questions but i think -- [laughter] mike: she just made a good point. the job i had in the 1990's versus what she is doing now is very different. immediacy of 24-7 new cycle. we were able to plan a new cycle without rhythm. poor sarah has it 24-7. it is different. the job is different. because of the changes we've seen in technology and social media and the ways in which the media covers. theep saying this, that
competition in the business model of journalism has been read. how fast can you break the story. you can get the breaking news fastest. i wish we would slow it down and de-accelerate and say, who can get it right and who can get most substantive and where can we go that we know of. i have heard all of this stuff splattered across the internet but where can i go to get the real truth about what is going on? that is a brand-new journalism that i think people would invest in. i may be naive about that but i honestly believe we need to reinvent what the business model is for the economics of journalism because a lot of you are working for news organizations that are
plundering and going out of business and not getting advertising rates and you are not going to jobs. so what are you reinvent your profession and do something that difference?y make a sarah: to aixa what you are --ing, because of special the race to be first, you do have in accuracies more often because of the level of speed. that goes back to the point, you were not the same one at that level of speed. something that was meant to get out there quickly may not he accurate and it can drive news four days because the story with inaccuracies runs on the front runs on the correction the back page in the c-section. so a lot of times you do not see the real reporting come through.
mike: i also did not have a president the tweeted that 7:00 in the morning. [indiscernible] sarah: maybe it is safe for us not to do that. mike: that's a very good point. what could be better than to have an opportunity to wake up every day at 6:30 a.m. and know exactly what is on the front of his mind? you did not have that with bill clinton or barack obama, but you do have that with donald trump. you know exactly what he is thinking and what is motivating him for better or worse. personally, i think some of it is for the worst but on the other hand, there is question of how do you covered the white house. how do you understand what motivates the president.
this guys giving you roam material that is unprecedented in the history of how we covered the white house. will refrain from partisan comments about what i think of it but on the other hand, you cannot complain that it is not .iving you more transparency some at definitely gives lot more stories. we know what our president well. does give more stories but as you know, when you are trying to develop teams, it is from theo communicate white house. to develop consistent storylines that will get people engaged. you keeptrack of how coherent.
that is the problem you have. the ability to be coherent and keep driving central messages that are going to be important and that you have to reinforce. because people are going to appear it over and over again. if they hear it one time it will not matter, they have you over and over again. goes down thedent rabbit hole, off they go. and then you are dealing with that. host: if the briefing has not provided the kind of information to reporters that you want them to get. the messages you want them to -- you were available in many other ways. you bring in people. you service a facilitator to help reporters get information during the and then
afternoon, you are always available to reporters. so can you talk about those ways ?n which you inform reporters the idea that everything comes out of the briefing is not accurate. there are many ways that sarah is providing information. can you talk about some of those? sarah: sure. i would say, the briefing is probably one of the smaller ways we get information out. we spend a lot of time regularly talking to reporters. certainly, i talk with them pretty regularly. walking through the details of maybe a story or providing information. sometimes bringing in the subject matter expert. talking to somebody within the administration that can go more
in depth into specific policies. we do that a lot. most of the time, i would love to say the first in the wakes me up this one of my kids or even twitter. but it is usually calls from around 5:00 in the morning --ough the morning until news,er it might be, the they what more detailed information about what the president is doing at a particular event so, it starts with a lot of phone calls and it usually does not stop until well in the evening. both phone, email. frankly we have sometimes the fastest way to get information to a lot of reporters very quickly and into twitter. sometimes, for instance last week when the president was going to make a statement
regarding the horrific tragedy in florida, i put that out via twitter. the had asked at what time president would speak. there are a lot of different tools we use in order to engage with the press hand we do our very best to make sure of anyone has a question that we respond. sometimes it is to say we don't have a lot of information. ourgoal certainly within office is any time you receive a question, respond back even if it is to tell them we don't have information. i am the worst offender. there are probably people nodding in the crowd that i to himlways respond owls. i often get called into meetings or come back to maybe 200 300 in males have received over the course of a couple hours.
use every tool available and i'm incredibly grateful. i have an amazing team i work with to help facilitate and handle a lot of the requests we get from the press. >> on that point, there is another untapped resource. in the federal government, in all of the agencies that we have, with a lot of people employed as public information officers. mett reminded, have you fitzwater he yet? any of the predecessors? sarah: no, but i read the book. mike: a very good book. he was a public information officer who worked in the federal government for a long time. there are a lot of people are a lot of people working the federal government and no job is to keep government and form --
and their job is to keep the government informed. i thought of this a lot. a lot of the day today on the federal government funnels through the white house. if we could funnel it back out to where the agencies are actually doing incredibly good work on behalf of the american people, we need to put a spotlight on it. if we could figure out to do that, i think that would be to everyone's an offense. elevating those folks and letting them talk. they all power because they are afraid the white house might come down on them if they leave. there are a lot of people with a lot of good access to resources and information that we ought to be empowering to be more communicative. of thender what in terms information that you're going to provide, where does the
president come in with your preparation for the refrain. you see him before the briefing, how many times? when he talks to you, does he tell you what he wants to say and also how to say it? no two days are alike. a lot of times it depends upon what is happening that day. what the news of the day is. typically, every day there is a briefing i will talk to the president before i go out. i usually have a few questions that i have a pretty good feeling will come up so i try to ask them. sometimes i don't ask all of the questions that they will later ask and a lot of times it is about specific things. i get heat up a little bit for not always having the answer to that question but it is a little
hard to know what questions are know to ask so i everything i should check for before i go out. we try to do the best job we can do yet information. sometimes it's from the president, sometimes is from other members of the administration. we know there is a big .egislative drive we will meet with the legislative affairs team and walk through those questions we think are coming so we have a better idea of the background of the process. the news of the day can really we will meet with the determine the individuals we talked to, meet with, and tried to involve ourselves and briefings with. usually there have been a couple instances where i have not spoken to the president. usually i try to talk the president before the briefing every day. dayouldn't very during the
-- it can vary during the day. mike: do hear from him through the day? sarah: sometimes. [indiscernible] mike: this is a little bit foritive, but are you clear -- >> i don't know if you have been watching the briefings, but i cannot talk about the security clearances. it has been a hot topic lately. >> my process was very similar. mike: a judicious answer. critical point. went down to the room where they have all the
secrets. in the basement. at the state department, it is the operations. -- ild get in there and did not have access to that at first. to nsa guys said, i need read this. i am not going to go blab anything i just don't need to screw up i saying something is read when in fact it is gray. that is the fatal thing for press secretary. when you inadvertently say some thing that ends up not being true. host: one last question here. michael and i think it is a critical thing.
protecting the right. clinton was good -- michael: i think it is a critical thing. protecting. clinton did not expect me to have an opinion, he did not expect me to go out and blab about it. but he wanted me to know what the contours of the debate were so i could adequately reflect what he was thinking. that is a critical thing for press secretary. host: do you have that kind of access for what ever you want? sarah: i do. been goodof staff has about bringing me in, particularly if there's going to be a meeting that has a lot of press interest. i've been in the room when the president goes on that hill. i'm part of a lot of the meetings there.
you can go because there will be a lot of interested people and what was said and i can say, i was there. i think that access is incredibly important. so far have not had any moments when there has been a political division. at it.eep make sure you let the president know you're there. host: yesterday the president tweeted "have a very reflective president's day." i wondered about both of your presidents and reflecting back on their first year, what they learned about communication. mike: i was not there. he totally screwed up the first two years. host: until mike showed up.
mike: no, no. he got hammered in the midterm election. we reconfigured the white house. i came in, i was head man at the sote department, so on and forth. there was a warning about how to adequately communicate. my point is, it was the last century. so fewer challenges around communications or what this poor lady has to deal with day in and day out. just in terms of a news cycle bead of24-7 throbbing things. if we can get you to slow it there is not like a big closet at the white house that is the truth closet that you get to open and there's the truth.
it takes time. we have to work as reporters in some ways as press secretary is thisse we have to say secretary said that, and that secretary said that. we have to figure out, what is the truth. and how we accumulate information. one of my predecessors said the greatest challenges in being the white house press secretary is verification. how you make sure what you are going to go out and say is true? how do you work the government, let different sources, to them know it's true. you know it's true. we had access to sources because we call the secretary and say, what is going on or we can go read what we need to read. , as long as we are
securing ourselves towards telling the truth, i got in trouble once because i said sometimes you have to tell the truth slowly because you can't tell everything you know but you have to keep going towards the truth and away from falsehood. that is short challenge. you think thet do president has learned in this past year about communications? sarah: i think that one of the things he talked about when we ago,in doubt posts a month learning the differences in how you approach something is a businessman versus as the president. i think that has been a very big and on the way you process
information, make a decision, quickly.rom it very in a lot of cases, unilaterally is very different. you have to work within the confines of government, which andsometimes be very slow difficult verses in business where it can move a lot faster. that was one of the things he has talked about. upa public way, that took little bit more time to work through the process. that is certainly one of the things we learned over the last year. host: thank you both very much. sarah: i think everybody should stick around because i think you introduce the next panel with a reporter, letting us know where they are getting their information from. to know a lot of the information, too.
[laughter] sarah: i'm pretty interested so i will tune in. if you guys drop names that is perfectly ok. [laughter] sarah: feel free to be an open as much asll -- possible. mike: sarah is at least showing that she is trying to work it through. it is a tough thing, too. the tone get set by the president. changeso be the one who the vocabulary. but you are doing what you need to try to do. >> the position of the press secretary is i think, the most difficult -- job.
you have four constituents because you have the president, the press, you've got the white house staff. he and you have the public. so meeting all of those is pretty tough. mike: you know that office we have, great office, but the front door and backdoor. are inkdoor, a you there. you are halfway between the two grades. host: a lot of people did not use the backdoor, i'm like why not? >> jody powell had a refrigerator stocked with here most of the time. is that refrigerator still there.
bump stocks outlawed. here's a look at that announcement. pres. trump: as we come together to recognize these brave americans, i know all of us here today and across the entire nation are grieving for the great state of florida. we are working very hard to make sense of these events. on saturday and met with some of the survivors and their families and i was moved greatly, greatly as a result of this latest round and the lovedce ones who were so cruelly torn from them forever. forever and ever. we cannot imagine the depth of their anguish, but we can pledge the strength of our resolve and we must do more to protect our
children. we have to to do more to protect our children. this week, i will hold a number of discussions with students, law enforcement's, and develop concrete steps we can take to safeguard our students and protect our communities. school safety is a top priority of my administration. that is why, when governors from across the nation visit the white house next week, we will be discussing at great length government canl do to keep our students safe. this includes implementing commonsense security measures and addressing mental health issues, including better coordination between federal and state law enforcement to take there areon when warning signs. in addition, after that deadly shooting in las vegas i directed
the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the ones in -- used in las vegas were available under current law. that process began in december in just a few moments ago i signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. i expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, jeff, very soon the kia in all of these efforts, as i said in my remarks the day after the shooting is set we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we're making a difference. we must actually make a difference. cliches and past focus on evidence-based
solutions. thatsecurity measures actually work and make it easier for the men and women in law enforcement to protect our children and to protect our safety. of this evilath massacre, our spirits have been lifted by the accounts of marjorie stoneman douglas high school. teachers, coaches, others who have shown us that the forces of love and courage are always stronger than the forces of evil and hate. i this morning, look at the economic impact and cost of cybercrime. we are live on c-span2 at acorn 30 a.m. eastern. unfoldsn, where history
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rebuild the nation's infrastructure. in 9:30 a.m., sees and 50 capitals tour is in oklahoma for a conversation with governor c-span's 50-- capital store is oklahoma for a conversation with governor mary fallin. ♪ good morning, it is wednesday, february 21st, 2018. president trump will host a meeting today with parents, teachers, and students impacted by's shootings. your ideas about what can be done to make schools safer. among those expected to be in attendance are representatives from marjory stoneman douglas high school in florida, where 17 people were killed. tomorrow, the president will meet with lawmaking officials to discuss the same topic. so we are asking you what your message to the president would be if you have the opportunity