How Bill Shine (and Donald Trump) killed the White House press briefing

(CNN)Bill Shine is leaving the White House. But not without making his mark. Trump has been dismissive of the need for these daily — or even weekly — briefings since almost the start of his presidency. Sean Spicer, the White House’s first press secretary, held the briefings regularly, but within the span of a few months it became like watching a car crash in slow motion — over and over again. When Trump replaced Spicer with Sanders, the briefings slowed. Then Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director and, in a remarkable first appearance behind the podium, he promised a return to more regular briefings. The Mooch was fired 11 days later. Since then, there has been a slow but steady …