In a slew of tweets issued early Friday morning, President Trump threatened to end the longstanding tradition of daily press briefings between the White House Press Secretary and members of the White House press.

To explain his hopes to blur the lines of transparency even further, President Trump blamed the dishonest press for being too hard on his press secretary and deputy press secretary after the Deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly botched the handling of Comey-related questions.

In his tweet, Trump argued that releasing official statements rather than holding the daily briefings would be more accurate.

Trump’s claim that it is for the sake of “accuracy,” is simply a convenient misdirection. The truth is that it is impossible to give an “accurate” description of White House actions and conduct because the narrative changes minute by minute. White House surrogates are unable to keep up with the latest narrative because Trump is constantly contradicting himself and anyone else who hopes to protect him.

Regardless of who is standing at the press podium – be it Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Trump himself, the issue isn’t that the press is being too mean or “fake,” but that there is no truth in this administration.

Allowing Trump to end the daily press briefings means that an already secretive White House will become even more so. Until now, the briefings have been the media’s (and public at large) best opportunity to learn about the beliefs and actions of the President. As much as Spicer and Sanders lie each day, at least the lines of communication are open.

If Trump were to succeed in slamming shut that long-established door, it would be yet another dark step toward authoritarianism and a suppressed, in-the-dark press.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at