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    White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

    CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.

    The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the press.

    The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer's office. The meeting, which is known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room.

    When reporters from these news organizations tried to enter Spicer's office for the gaggle, they were told they could not attend because they were not on the list of attendees.

    In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."

    The White House press pool usually includes representatives from one television outlet, one radio outlet and one print outlet, as well as reporters from a few wire services. In this case, four of the five major television networks -- NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News -- were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.

    And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in.

    "This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House," CNN said in a statement. Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like. We'll keep reporting regardless."

    New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. 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 press office had informed reporters earlier that the traditional, on-camera press briefing would be replaced by a gaggle in Spicer's office, reporters in attendance said. Asked about the move by the White House Correspondents Association, the White House said it would take the press pool and invite others as well.

    The WHCA protested that decision on the grounds that it would unfairly exclude certain news organizations, the reporters said. The White House did not budge, and when reporters arrived at Spicer's office, White House communications officials only allowed in reporters from specific media outlets.

    CNN reporters attempted to access the gaggle when it began at about 1:45 p.m. ET. As they walked with a large group of fellow journalists from the White House briefing room toward Spicer's office, an administration official turned them around, informing them CNN wasn't on the list of attendees.

    Reporters from The Associated Press, Time magazine and USA Today decided in the moment to boycott the briefing because of how it was handled.

    Asked during the gaggle whether CNN and The New York Times were blocked because the administration was unhappy with their reporting, Spicer responded: "We had it as pool, and then we expanded it, and we added some folks to come cover it. It was my decision to expand the pool."

    Several news outlets spoke out against the White House's decision.

    "The Wall Street Journal strongly objects to the White House's decision to bar certain media outlets from today's gaggle," a Journal spokesman said. "Had we known at the time, we would not have participated and we will not participate in such closed briefings in the future."

    The White House move was called "appalling" by Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who said the Trump administration is on "an undemocratic path."

    Politico editor-in-chief John Harris said that "selectively excluding news organizations from White House briefings is misguided."

    Said BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith: "While we strongly object to the White House's apparent attempt to punish news outlets whose coverage it does not like, we won't let these latest antics distract us from continuing to cover this administration fairly and aggressively."

    The Associated Press said it "believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible."

    The White House Correspondents Association also protested the move.

    "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House," it 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."

    Related: Trump rips media, repeats 'enemy of the people' line

    Hours earlier, at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, President Trump mocked and disparaged the news media. He said that much of the press represents "the enemy of the people."

    "They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources," Trump said. "They just make them up when there are none."

    He also said reporters "shouldn't be allowed" to use unnamed sources.
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    First published February 24, 2017: 2:10 PM ET
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    CNN, NYT, Politico, LA Times, Buzzfeed, the BBC and others were not permitted to attend.

    Breitbart News, The Washington Times, OANN, ABC, CBS, NBC, WSJ, Bloomberg, and Fox News were allowed in.

    The AP and TIME boycotted the gaggle.

    LA Times, the Daily Mail, The Hill, New York Daily News, and BBC were also barred.

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    Good. Time to stand up to these bullshitting bullies.

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    What a bunch of tender little snowflakes Trump and his team are. Can't stand a little criticism. One day closer to impeachment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    What a bunch of tender little snowflakes Trump and his team are. Can't stand a little criticism. One day closer to impeachment.
    Behind the War Between White House and Fox

    WASHINGTON — Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Palm steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tête.

    Mr. Ailes, who had reached out to Mr. Axelrod to address rising tensions between the network and the White House, told him that Fox’s reporters were fair, if tough, and should be considered separate from the Fox commentators who were skewering President Obama nightly, according to people briefed on the meeting. Mr. Axelrod said it was the view of the White House that Fox News had blurred the line between news and anti-Obama advocacy.

    What both men took to be the start of a frank but productive dialogue proved, in retrospect, more akin to the round of pre-Pearl Harbor peace talks between the United States and Japan.

    By the following weekend, officials at the White House had decided that if anything, it was time to take the relationship to an even more confrontational level. The spur: Executives at other news organizations, including The New York Times, had publicly said that their newsrooms had not been fast enough in following stories that Fox News, to the administration’s chagrin, had been heavily covering through the summer and early fall — namely, past statements and affiliations of the White House adviser Van Jones that ultimately led to his resignation and questions surrounding the community activist group Acorn.

    At the same time, Fox News had continued a stream of reports rankling White House officials and liberal groups that monitor its programming for bias.

    Those reports included a critical segment on the schools safety official Kevin Jennings, with the on-screen headline “School Czar’s Past May Be Too Radical”; urgent news coverage of a video showing schoolchildren “singing the praises, quite literally, of the president,” which the Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson later called “pure Khmer Rouge stuff”; and the daily anti-Obama salvos from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

    There followed, beginning in earnest more than two weeks ago, an intensified volley of White House comments describing Fox as “not a news network.”

    Roger Ailes reached out to David Axelrod to address rising tensions between Fox News and the White House. Credit Fred Prouser/Reuters

    “It was an amalgam of stories covered, and our assessment of how others were dealing with those stories, that caused us to comment,” Mr. Axelrod said in describing the administration’s thinking.

    The heated back-and-forth between the White House and Fox News has brought equal delight to Fox’s conservative commentators, who revel in the fight, and liberal Democrats, who have long characterized the network as a purveyor of right-wing propaganda rather than fact-based journalism.

    Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of mostly liberal columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Mr. Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation.

    Then, in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, the president went public. “What our advisers have simply said is that we are going to take media as it comes,” he said. “And if media is operating, basically, as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing. And if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another.”

    In a sign of discomfort with the White House stance, Fox’s television news competitors refused to go along with a Treasury Department effort on Thursday to exclude Fox from a round of interviews with the executive-pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg that was to be conducted with a “pool” camera crew shared by all the networks. That followed a pointed question at a White House briefing this week by Jake Tapper, an ABC News correspondent, about the administration’s treatment of “one of our sister organizations.”

    White House officials continue to interact with Fox News correspondents whom they have complimented as professional, including Major Garrett and Wendell Goler.

    But Michael Clemente, senior vice president for news and editorial programming at Fox, said the White House was conflating the network’s commentary with its news coverage. That, Mr. Clemente said, “would be like Fox News blaming the White House senior staff for the Washington Redskins’ losing record.”

    Mr. Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama. Credit Amanda Lucidon for The New York Times

    “I think we’re doing the job we’re supposed to be doing,” he said, “and we do it as well as anyone.”

    Mr. Clemente suggested that the fight was part of a larger White House strategy to marginalize critics. He cited a report in Politico about a strategy session in August at which officials discussed plans to move more aggressively against opponents.

    White House officials acknowledged that Fox News did come up at that meeting, although not, they said, as a central topic. A number of issues had been added to the White House’s list of grievances by then, including the network’s heavy coverage of some of the more intensely anti-administration activity at town-hall-style meetings on health care and Mr. Beck’s remark that Mr. Obama “has a deep-seated hatred for white people.”

    The first real shot from the White House, however, came when aides excluded “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace” — which they had previously treated as distinct from the network — from a round of presidential interviews with Sunday morning news programs in mid-September.

    “We simply decided to stop abiding by the fiction, which is aided and abetted by the mainstream press, that Fox is a traditional news organization,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the deputy White House communications director. Later that week, White House officials said, they noticed a column by Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The Times, in which Jill Abramson, one of the paper’s two managing editors, described her newsroom’s “insufficient tuned-in-ness to the issues that are dominating Fox News and talk radio.” The Washington Post’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, had already expressed similar concerns about his newsroom.

    White House officials said comments like those had focused them on a need to make their case that Fox had an ideological bent undercutting its legitimacy as a news organization.


    Fox News Channel certainly seems to be enjoying a row it considers ratings candy, having devoted hours of news coverage and commentary to the fight.

    But White House officials said they were happy to have at least started a public debate about Fox.

    “This is a discussion that probably had to be had about their approach to things,” Mr. Axelrod said. “Our concern is other media not follow their lead.”

    Correction: October 29, 2009
    An article on Oct. 23 about tensions between the Obama administration and the Fox News Channel misstated the day on which Fox News’s competitors refused an attempt by the administration to exclude Fox from a round of official interviews that was to be recorded by a pool camera crew shared by all the major news networks. It was last Thursday, Oct. 22 — not Tuesday, Oct. 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    What a bunch of tender little snowflakes Trump and his team are. Can't stand a little criticism. One day closer to impeachment.
    Bollox, the left has been blocking certain media types for ages. Shoe on the other frickin' foot!

    Snowflakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    Bollox, the left has been blocking certain media types for ages. Shoe on the other frickin' foot!
    Yep. True dat. Its totally ok when they do it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    Bollox, the left has been blocking certain media types for ages.
    Like what types? Infowars? Some shitty right wing alt right blog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post

    What a bunch of tender little snowflakes Trump and his team are. Can't stand a little criticism.

    Na,

    Simply using his Power to say a massive " Fuk You " to the filthy lying scum press.

    No use having Money or Power if ya don't use it.

    The Orange Jesus uses both to the max.

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    Minor bullying, muscle flexing. In the long run in makes no difference because the press will only work harder and dig deeper to expose the corruption and putrid agenda of the Trump regime. A tiny act of retribution but in the end Trump will be brought down by the same press that he thinks is the enemy.
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    Na Humpy,

    Trouble is that Trump is way smarter than the average Journo who pushes a pen and writes inaccurate press.

    He eats them and shits them out, he cares not 1 fuk about them.

    It's brilliant how he dismisses them and makes them cry a river of tears.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    White House officials continue to interact with Fox News correspondents whom they have complimented as professional, including Major Garrett and Wendell Goler.
    The Obama administration didn't bar Fox.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    Bollox, the left has been blocking certain media types for ages.
    Paranoid twats reporting from their moms basements aren't real journalists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    He eats them and shits them out, he cares not 1 fuk about them.
    It's brilliant how he dismisses them and makes them cry a river of tears
    That's what Nixon thought too.

    I like that you're writing fuk now instead of fook. Shows a tiny glimmer of imagination. Keep it up you may actually write a coherent sentence one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Na, Simply using his Power to say a massive " Fuk You " to the filthy lying scum press.
    I know you're just a dumb Aussie bogan, so I forgive your ignorance of the US Constitution.

    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    he cares not 1 fuk about them.
    Then why does he constantly tweet about it and bring it up every time there is a microphone in front of him?

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    They used to be called "News" papers. Now they are "Media outlets" . It all went wrong when they started to have opinions about the "news" they report. Dissect the news OK. Explain how it will effect the electorate OK. But opinions?

    What about Al Jazeera were they allowed in?

    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Paranoid twats reporting from their moms basements aren't real journalists.
    This is also a problem in the "social media" age. Media has become a catch all phrase. An eydiot with a blog can be called media but usually publishes an opinion not news.
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    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
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    He may not even be an Aussie. Some Brit blood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    It all went wrong when they started to have opinions about the "news" they report.
    I wonder when that started? Duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon View Post

    He may not even be an Aussie. Some Brit blood?

    If that uncalled for slur is aimed at me I demand you rescind it.

    Pushing my buttons now mate.

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    This is a relatively minor issue. What is important is how he attacks the media for reporting stories that are unflattering to him, which demonstrates how much the media actually gets to him. He also attacks the courts and the intelligence agencies. All he is doing is creating a bunker in which only his sycophants are granted access. His rants are aimed at pleasing his base who lap up his lies with gusto while the rest of America is left scratching their heads about how this disaster happened.

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    Na,

    He does it simply because he has operated this way through out his business life.

    He is used to just swatting away irritants who are out to fuk him over.

    They push him he pushes back harder.

    All good. He wins.

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    ^Actually he is a thin skinned, petty despot with an insecurity complex. He has been a ridiculous joke on the American scene for decades. Only rubes buy into his act.

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    ^

    I must say he doesn't take to well to Baldwin ripping the piss out of him.

    That is very funny stuff EH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    They used to be called "News" papers. Now they are "Media outlets" . It all went wrong when they started to have opinions about the "news" they report. Dissect the news OK. Explain how it will effect the electorate OK. But opinions?

    What about Al Jazeera were they allowed in?

    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Paranoid twats reporting from their moms basements aren't real journalists.
    This is also a problem in the "social media" age. Media has become a catch all phrase. An eydiot with a blog can be called media but usually publishes an opinion not news.
    VocalNeal ... Great comment that.

    The lines get blurred between News and Entertainment and the result, often for the commercial outlets is Newtainment.

    Banning the BBC ...

    I wonder if RT (English based Russia Today) were let in?
    No slur on RT BTW ... I don't mind watching it as I also like Al Jazeera.

    Luckily we have, in Australia a Government Funded Network entitled the ABC and, to a lesser extend, the SBS which wins Journalism awards often AND then separate their News and Analysis so you can watch the Facts and also the opinion and they are not usually combined.

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    ring ring ring

    Putin??? trump here. what do i do with my 'orrble press ...... Ok cheers ta..... can you send me 4 kits please.

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