White House Press Corps Fights Back Against Late Briefings

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By SteveK Comment

gibbs_3-27.bmpAs the daily press briefing began this afternoon at 2:07pmET, several members of the White House press corps spoke up to press secretary Robert Gibbs about his tardiness.

FishbowlDC reports that the briefing began about 20 minutes after the two minute warning was given and that ABC’s Jake Tapper “had taken charge with two visits to the Lower Press office to complain during the long wait.”

By the time Gibbs arrived, members of the press corps could be heard complaining saying things like, “it irritates everybody here.”

We hear the late briefings are a pattern, and that it was not an issue during the Bush administration.

Gawker has the video

Related: Maybe Howard Kurtz will bring it up this Sunday on Reliable Sources with his guests, CBS senior White House correspondent Chip Reid and ABC News’ Ann Compton.