ABC News reveals the real reason networks are freaking out over WH cutting press briefings

It looks like one of the reasons for the White House effort to stop video airings of press briefings was just validated.

ABC News on Monday revealed a new show, “The Briefing Room,” which will be airing on the network’s website following each White House press briefing.

“Following the briefings, ABC News’ powerhouse politics team in D.C. will report on the news and announcements from the press conference with a play-by-play rundown of the topics discussed from the podium and context on the current political climate,” the network explained.

The show, which will feature the likes of Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega, Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce and Political Director Rick Klein, is set to live stream on the website as well as on the ABC News app, YouTube and Facebook.

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The launch of the show appears to back critics, like White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who accused reporters of wanting “to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s been asked eight times.”

The new presser rules banning audio or video and forcing reporters to take notes sent liberal journalists like CNN’s Jim Acosta into a meltdown. In fact, Acosta had a series of meltdowns, and whined about the move for days. Spicer called out the tantrum-throwing Acosta last month during one tense camera-less briefing, effectively telling the reporter to quit the drama.

The decision by ABC News to give reporters and a D.C. “politics team” extra airtime to fuel their wannabe TV star status was met with some expected mockery on social media.

David Martosko, U.S. Politcal Editor at The Daily Mail and rumored candidate to replace Spicer, pretty much summed it up.

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