Press briefings (nee press conferences) are occasions for Sean Spicer or Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stand up to the slings and arrows of scribes. His Leadership tweets that "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!.." As he explained to Jeanine Pirro of Fox News his mind works too fast for mortals to keep up with it. After the gap I'll explain what's wrong with his musing and why NBC is such an embarrassment.
What's wrong here is what he left out of his ruminations -- the reason for press briefings in the first place. They are not all about him, despite what he thinks. Even if he thinks so fast that his ideas flash sometimes for only nanoseconds before they change (cf., reasons for firing the FBI director), it's not a reason for ending the briefings.“Here’s the thing, the difference between me and another president, Another president, I won’t use names, but another president doesn’t do what I’m doing – they really don’t. I’m not saying that in a bragging way. …Another president, Jeanine, will sit in the Oval Office and do practically nothing all day. I’m doing – every minute of the day I’m doing something.
They are occasions for we, the people, to hear what's on the mind of the head of state and to ask questions about things that are bothering us. We, the people, do that through ink-stained wretches of print and agent-represented stars of the electronic media, but the only other way for people to interact with the leader of a large country is through plebiscites. And the history of plebiscites has been that they first legitimize a dictator and afterward massage his ego while deciding absolutely nothing. So using press and other media to ask and get clarification is by default what we have to do between elections.
Unless we are willing to trust a man in whom there is no truth.
Somewhat off the subject, I have to add that NBC spent a week advertising and two days doling out Lester Holt's "exclusive interview" with the president. During that time, he was interviewed at least twice on Fox and in at least one old-fashioned print publication. That was some exclusivity Holt had.