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THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL! White House blocks news outlets from media briefing
The White House has blocked several high-profile media outlets from its press briefing. The Trump administration on Friday blocked legacy outlets including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, the New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, and others from the White House press briefing. Officials also approved outlets who typically provide favourable coverage of the new administration. Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President's decision.

Justin Carissimo at The Independent:

The White House has blocked several major news outlets from covering its press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Spicer on Friday hand selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.

Instead, the press secretary hand-picked news outlets including Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, all news organisations with far-right leanings. Others major outlets approved for t group included 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,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times said in a statement. “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.”

Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President’s decision.

The White House Correspondents’ Association also criticised the decision.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Jeff Mason, the association’s president, 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.”

And it’s also anti-American, to boot.

WHAT THE FUCK. Journalists from The New York Times, LA Times, CNN, Buzzfeed and Politico were BARRED from attending a White House briefing today. This is such a gross attack on the first amendment. Apparently, if your reporting is unfavorable to Drumpf, he’ll be a lil asshat and give you the silent treatment. WHAT A CHILD. 

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Sean Spicer, December 2016“We have a respect for the press. When it comes to the government, that is something that you can’t ban an entity from. I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy, versus a dictatorship.”

Sean Spicer, February 2017: CNN, New York Times, Politico, and other news outlets are banned from a White House press briefing. 

(original video source: Politico)

washingtonpost.com
White House blocks CNN, New York Times from press briefing hours after Trump slams media
Trump-friendly outlets such as Breitbart were allowed in.
By https://www.facebook.com/callum.borchers

This is what tyrants do.

Masha Gessen called it.

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.


“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “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.”


The White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the press corps, quickly rebuked the White House’s actions.


“The W.H.C.A. board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” the association president, Jeff Mason, 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 White House move came hours after Mr. Trump delivered a slashing attack on the news media in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The president denounced news organizations as “dishonest” purveyors of “fake news” and mocked journalists for claiming free speech rights.


“They always bring up the First Amendment,” Mr. Trump said to cheers.


A White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played down the events in an email on Friday afternoon.


“We invited the pool so everyone was represented,” Ms. Sanders wrote. “We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that.”


Mr. Spicer’s small-group Friday session, known as a gaggle, was scheduled as a no-camera event, less formal than his usual briefings that are carried live on cable news. But past administrations have not hand-selected outlets that can attend such sessions.


"It was clear that they let in a lot of news outlets with less reach who are Trump-friendly,” said Noah Bierman, a White House reporter for The Los Angeles Times, who was barred. “They let in almost every network but CNN. That’s concerning, the handpicking aspect of it.”


Two of the barred outlets, CNN and The Times, have been a particular focus of Mr. Trump’s ire. And during the presidential campaign, some journalists from BuzzFeed News and Politico were prohibited from attending Trump rallies.


Representatives of the barred news organizations made clear that they believed the White House’s actions on Friday were punitive.


"Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like,” CNN said in a statement.


Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed, called it “the White House’s apparent attempt to punish news outlets whose coverage it does not like.

—  New York Times   White House Bars Times and Other News Outlets From Briefing by Michael M. Grynbaum, 2/24/17
Nixon Thought He’d Get Away With It, Too

As we’ve known for hours now, for the first time in history, a White House barred a large swath of legitimate press from the day’s briefing. 

DJT had the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Politico, and Buzzfeed barred from today’s White House press briefing. 

Out of solidarity, Time Magazine and the Associated Press refused to enter.

Yesterday at the CPAC Conference, DJT once again viciously attacked our free press, calling them for the second time this week, “The enemy of the people!” Then he laughed about journalists who bring up The First Amendment. 

As I’m writing this, we’re learning from the Washington Post and from MSNBC that officials in DJT’s White House spent last week calling members of Congress and various intelligence agencies–especially the FBI–trying to coerce them to squelch the emerging stories of ties between Putin’s government and DJT’s campaign.

I’ve said from the start DJT is a fascist. Again, this is a word I’ve never used in relation to an American president and I’ve always discouraged others from tossing it around offhandedly. Because it dilutes the horror and impact of the real thing.

This is the real thing. 

When he speaks, he’s smug and blustering, expecting our fealty and enraged when he doesn’t receive it. 

He thinks he’s impervious to criticism, opposition, and the law. 

Richard Nixon held the same beliefs. 

Frequently, it feels like we’re bleeding internally. We seem okay from a distance, but inside we’re hemorrhaging.

This man lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes. We didn’t elect him and we don’t want him.

Another point I’ll repeat: by creating an oppositional relationship to all 17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies and to the press, he ensures his downfall. 

And his administration has targeted more than half of the nation with some form of hate or punitive legal maneuver. 

His tenure is unsustainable. 

Take care of your mental and physical health. This is a brutally difficult time. 

Be here to see him fall. 

Be here to hasten his fall. 

Be here for his impeachment.