Trump blocks NYTimes, CNN from briefing
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 20:16
The briefing list excluded CNN and the New York Times, outlets with which President Trump and the administration has clashed over reports on investigations into possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation during last year's election campaign. Reporters from The Associated Press, Time magazine and USA Today decided in the moment to boycott the briefing because of how it was handled.
Organizations that were granted entry included Breitbart News, the Washington Times, Fox News, ABC, CBS and Bloomberg, according to the New York Times. Trump has criticized news outlets critical of him as "fake news" organizations that publish anonymously sourced reports that reflect poorly on him.
The White House emailed previously selected reporters that they were okayed to attend.
CNN reported Thursday that the White House asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to downplay reports Trump campaign aides had contact with Russians who were on the radar of USA intelligence during the 2016 campaign.
On Friday, Trump reiterated this claim, and then accused the mainstream press of outright fabricating stories and sources.
Spicer made a decision to hold an off-camera meeting with the press inside his West Wing office instead of the traditional on-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. So, if you're going to do something beyond a pool, which is sort of the smallest group of reporters that then disseminates the information, you would have one person from every news outlet. "We'll keep reporting regardless", the tweet read.
Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said it was the first time in the paper's history it had been barred from a briefing. (Not every day, anyway.) The streak ended because the White House chose to prohibit cameras from Friday's session.
The bar came hours after President Donald Trump unleashed yet another attack against the media, calling journalists "the enemy of the people".
They clearly wanted to have a gaggle that was not on camera and was not the full press corps today.