New York Times: White House Bars Times and Other News Outlets From Briefing
WASHINGTON — Journalists from The New York Times and several other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.
Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed.
Those organizations included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended.
Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in, chose not to attend the briefing in protest of the White House’s actions.
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Update #1: White House blocks CNN, New York Times from press briefing hours after Trump slams media (Washington Post)
Update #2: White House Denies Briefing Access to New York Times, Politico, CNN (Bloomberg)
Update #3: White House Bars CNN, NYT, Others From Media Briefing (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: The outlets that have been barred are CNN, The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News. In solidarity Time Magazine and AP chose to boycott today's press briefing/gaggle. What's my take .... it was wrong when President Obama decided to avoid FOX News and conservative outlets when he was President, it is also wrong for President Trump's White House to bar news agencies from a White House press briefing. As to what is going to happen next .... the main stream media's coverage has become so partisan that I do not see how it can get worse .... and in the end it will be the news media and the public that depends on the news that will suffer. Bottom line .... trust of the main stream media is now at an all-time low .... and it is going to get even more lower as this White House-media conflict intensifies.