White House Blocked News Outlets from Press Briefing
Several news organizations were barred from a White House press briefing. Reporters from CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were not allowed into a White House briefing room for a meeting with press secretary Sean Spicer. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News were permitted to attend.
CNN released a statement that reads in part, "...Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like..."
The executive editor of the Times said in a statement, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties...Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”
The Associated Press and TIME magazine boycotted the briefing.
The White House defended the move, saying they had a pool so everyone could be represented and added additional people to the pool. A pool usually consists of one representative from a TV outlet and one from a print outlet, then the material gathered is shared between outlets.