The media is outraged with the Trump Admin. for barring several outlets from a gaggle but seem to have forgotten that the Obama Admin. once barred FOX News.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside the West Wing on Friday.
Media outlets like CNN, The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, and BuzzFeed were not invited to participate in the gaggle. The media backlash was swift.
“This is not okay,” CNN’s Brooke Baldwin said after news broke. “This is so incredibly significant because this has never happened in this administration.”
CNN later said in a statement: “This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House. Apparently, this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like. We’ll keep reporting regardless.”
The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote in a statement, “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.”
How quickly the media is to forget that the Obama administration waged open warfare with FOX News in 2009.
CBS News reported in 2009:
Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official.
Dan Pfeiffer, the deputy White House communications director, said of the situation, “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.”
White House communications director Anita Dunn said of FOX News at the time, “FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.”
Judicial Watch later filed a Freedom of Information Act request that targeted senior White House officials and their involvement in the incident.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wrote in one email, “We’ve demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews…”
For media outlets like CNN and The New York Times to claim that no other White House has never excluded media outlets from gaggles is blatantly false and demonstrates the short memory the media has when it comes to their own coverage.
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