Donald Trump’s rhetorical war on the press just got very real.
Today, Friday, Feb. 24th, hours after Trump threatened the press – again – this time at a conservative activist confab, the White House barred select media organizations from a press briefing.
Reporters from CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, and Politico were prohibited from being in a press briefing at the White House on Friday afternoon. The briefing – in Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s West Wing office – was a so-called “gaggle”— an informal, off-camera question-and-answer session between the press secretary and reporters. The Hill, the BBC, the Guardian were also denied entry.
However, right-wing media outlets were allowed in. These included the white nationalist Breitbart, the arch-conservative The Washington Times and One America News Network.
A half-dozen journalists from mainstream press, such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fox News, ABC News, and CBS News were also allowed entry.
The subject of the briefing?
Most of it – as it turns out – was on the reporting by CNN of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ efforts to pressure the FBI to downplay or “knock down” reports that some of Trump’s top people were in communication with Russian government officials.
But wait, CNN wasn’t there.