According to a new report, the White House has blocked several reporters from the New York Times, CNN and Politico. The reporters were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of press secretary, Sean Spicer, where a scheduled briefing was set to happen.
Reports claim that Spicer “handpicked” reporters from various other news sources, though details are still unfolding. We have confirmed that Breitbart, The Washington Times, ABC, Bloomberg, Fox and the Wall Street Journal attended.
Reporters from the Associated Press and Time magazine were permitted to enter, however, they chose to instead not attend as a show of protest.
The White House Correspondents’ Association has strongly condemned the actions of the administration.
Asked 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.”
Trump earlier in the day had blasted CNN at the CPAC convention for their continued fake coverage.
Trump 10:32 a.m.: “I love the First Amendment.”
Trump White House 2 p.m.: Bans NYT, CNN, LATimes, Politico, BuzzFeed from informal briefing pic.twitter.com/3RUHOHDAde
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 24, 2017