White House blocks several news organizations from press briefing
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 6:14
In what some are calling a highly unusual breach of relations the White House on Friday barred three news organizations from attending a briefing by President Trump's Press Secretary Friday.
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet also strongly reprimanded the White House's latest antics.
In response to backlash, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today".
President of the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA), Jeff Mason, said his organisation planned to protest against the ban.
CNN political reporter Sara Murray agreed, saying it was unfortunate because Trump brought up issues when he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that she thought were questionable.
"They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources", Trump said.
Breitbart News, the Washington Times, and One America News Network were waved in.
Some of the blocked outlets, including CNN, have been singled out by President Donald Trump as sources of "fake news". When the additional news organizations attempted to gain access, they weren't allowed to enter.
Shortly before the gaggle, the White House asked news organizations to register for an "expanded pool" of reporters that would be admitted to cover it.
The White House Correspondence Association condemned the choice by the White House to limit access to more favorable outlets and said that they would be speaking to the White House about the situation.
While this is just peachy for Fox News, many are anxious that Trump's open animosity toward the Fourth Estate might devolve into unsafe limits on the First Amendment if Americans aren't vigilant.
Other news organizations and groups also criticized the White House for denying access to some outlets while granting it to different ones. The term is jargon for less formal briefings, usually held in Spicer's office or aboard Air Force One, that aren't televised. White House briefings are usually open to the larger White House press corps.