Friday, February 24, 2017

BREAKING: #Trump goes full fascist, blocks CNN, BBC, NY Times, LA Times from media briefing, lets #Bannon's Breitbart in!

The Trump administration today blocked numerous major news outlets from its press briefing.

Press Secretary Spicer hand picked which news outlets could participate in this off-camera “gaggle.” It was also held inside his office in the West Wing instead of in the press briefing room.

Among those excluded were organizations Trump has personally criticized: CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, along with several others.

Allowed, instead, were various right wing outlets: Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington TimesSome major news outlets were allowed to attend, those whom Trump has not personally attacked: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Reuters and Bloomberg.

“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”
- Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times.

The White House Correspondents’ Association also criticized the exclusions and some media organizations, such as the Associated Press and TIME Magazine boycotted the briefing.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House. We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.” - Jeff Mason, WHCA President