Reporter caught playing Pokemon Go at State Dept press briefing

A speech on combating ISIS was interrupted on Thursday by a journalist playing Pokemon Go

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For most journalists, showing up to daily US government briefings in Washington is often seen as a dreary, routine task.

But some reporters have found a way to keep themselves entertained.


During a Thursday briefing by John Kirby on continued US efforts to combat ISIS online, the spokesman’s attention was drawn to a reporter evidently engaging in attempts to combat boredom.

“You’re playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren’t you?” Kirby asked.

“I’m just keeping an eye on it,” replied the reporter.

Kirby then continues on with his speech, ending his point with a question to the reporter “Did you get one?”

“No. The signal is not very good.”

Replying while laughing, Kirby apologizes to the reporter - whom he called Brad - for the state department’s weak phone signal.

The Pokemon Go mobile game has swept the world off its feet and motivated many to walk around in search of the augmented reality game’s target creatures with their smartphones.

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