The press briefings are important for the people to get the president's official statement on different subjects. This goes for any president, Republican or Democrat alike. As Himes put it " A free and independent press is essential to the survival of a functioning democracy." This is such a true statement. A free and open press is a vital institution in this republic. It is vital for a proper democracy. Look at what has happened in Venezuela with their media. That is what happens when you are not proactive in protecting democracy. The "president" of Venezuela had been legitimately ellected, but he then declared war on the media. They now have state run media due to a president declaring war on the media. Administrations should be transparent and they should want to tell their half of the story. I highly recommend you vote yes to protect our democracy.