Reporters from The New York Times, CNN, Politico, and several other outlets were reportedly blocked from attending a press gaggle with the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Friday.
The White House Correspondents’ Association protested the decision.
“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” the association said in a statement.
“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.”
The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted Friday’s briefing because the other outlets were not let in.
NY TIMES AND CNN
Both The New York Times and CNN had reported this week that the Trump administration had tried to seek help from the FBI in discrediting media reports about Trump aides’ ties to Russia.
The Times’ Washington bureau chief told Erik Wemple of The Washington Post that The Times’ “most experienced” White House reporters had “never seen anything like this.”
Spicer later told reporters who were allowed to attend the briefing that he thought the administration had “shown an abundance of accessibility.” He also said that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the no-camera briefing, according to a White House pool report.
Also blocked were the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, and most foreign press, according to the news outlet Axios.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted on Twitter: “Some at CNN & NYT stood w/FOX News when the Obama admin attacked us & tried 2 exclude us-a WH gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs.”
Mr President – what the hell are you doing? We have a Constitution with a 1st Amendment:
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
President Trump – you need to spend some time this weekend reading the Constitution because obviously you have no idea what it says. If you continue to mess with the press, they are going to investigate every, single thing you do. Remember Watergate? Do you? In case you don’t remember, Watergate caused the resignation of President Nixon and he had much better election numbers than you did.
WORK FOR US
Remember also you work for the American people – we are your boss – it seems you have forgotten how this country works. This is not a privately run company. You have angered the press and that will make them dig deeper into the Trump-Russia scandal.
If you are not happy with this move by the White House then call or email. Call the President at:
Visitor’s Office: 202-456-2121
If possible, email the president. This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump. Maybe you should also call your Congressional Representative and Senators. Maybe if all the phone lines are jammed up and email boxes are overflowing someone will get the message not to mess with the 1st Amendment.