An article by a former White House press aide demanding an end to the televised daily briefing begs the question of whether the White House is floating a trial balloon that could lead to the briefing’s cancellation.

Reid Cherlin, a former Obama press aide who is now a freelance journalist, has just published a piece in The New Republic titled “End the White House Press Briefing,” arguing that the session has become a pointless exercise that fails to generate news.

While it can’t be proven whether anyone in the White House influenced the piece, Cherlin spent years in the bunker with other aides to President Obama and presumably remains in touch with them – or at the very least knows their disposition on the briefing.

The briefing is a daily source of frustration for the White House, which is forced to endure at least some difficult questions each day and dodge them in a way the belies its claim to “openness.”

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