White House Bars Major News Outlets From Press Briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) – News organizations including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing on Friday.

Several news organizations were allowed in, including the conservative website Breitbart News. The site’s former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is chief strategist to President Donald Trump.

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Lauren Easton, the AP’s director of media relations, said in a statement, “The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible.”

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The White House defended the decision not to include some news organizations.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: “We invited the pool so everyone was represented. We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that.”

Barred media outlets protested the action.

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One Comment

  1. Rick Oskin says:

    don’t you mean FAKE news outlets?

  2. Ken Keppel says:

    Why have the media there that has their own agenda to spin and lie about everything Trump is doing. Free press does not mean propaganda machines for the DNC. All they do now is disrupt the briefing.

  3. White ”AMERICA” is fed up with CNN’s lies. ”THE COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK”. Obama and Hillary could tell lie after lie and CNN reporters like hog at the trough gobbled it up and printed it as theIr ”COMMUNIST” leaders in the White House puked it out like they have diarrhea of the mouth and hoping the idiot D-rats eat it up, in which they still do from orders coming from the JEWISH hater GEORGE SOROS, HILLARY and OBAMA their main benefactor.

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