Trump’s Attack On Free Press Gets Out Of Hand: Multiple Major Media Outlets Banned From Attending White House Briefing
Donald Trump has accused multiple media outlets for reporting “fake news.” These include, CNN, The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News, all of which were not permitted to attend Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session on Friday afternoon.
Spicer didn’t hold a typical briefing earlier Friday, but instead decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office.
During this “gaggle” only a hand-picked group of reporters were allowed to attend and ask questions. Theses included reporters from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and McClatchy.
Other outlets that were picked were the right-leaning conservative networks including Breitbart, the Washington Times and One America News Network.
Reporters from the Associated Press and Time magazine were also allowed but refused to attend because they believed it was unfair to hand-pick who get’s access to the president.
“AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible,” the organization’s communications arm tweeted.
The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) also thought the decision was unfair and strongly disagreed on it.
“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Jeff Mason, the association’s president, said in a statement.
“We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not,” he added. “The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”
“I think that we have shown an abundance of of accessibility,” Spicer told the reporters allowed into the gaggle. “We’ve brought more reporters into this process. … We’ve actually gone above and beyond making ourselves, our team and our briefing room more accessible than probably any prior administration. I think you can take that to the bank.”