The New York Times, CNN, Blocked From White House Briefings

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington: The mainstream media giants The New York Times, CNN, LA Times, Politico, and BuzzFeed were blocked from entering the White House briefing on Friday.  A few handpicked news outlets, such as Brietbart, The Washington Times, NBC, CBS, FOX, and ABC, were allowed to attend the briefings.

The gaggle, a briefing with press secretary at his office in the White House without cameras and broadcasting, was held without these major news agencies participating. This has never happened in any past administrations.

Trump earlier Thursday complained about the news agencies at his CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) speech and said that he would fight against the dishonest media on behalf of the Americans, and that the networks would soon see him in action. He also ribbed CNN and called it “Clinton News Network.”

Trump had attacked the mainstream media before many times, but this is the first time he has done something against the media in action. CNN and The New York Times have been reporting on stories that Trump and his administration didn’t like.

CNN has reported about the possible talks between the FBI and the White House regarding the Russian investigation, which the agency thinks might have been the reason for their blocking. Trump has tweeted about the leaks:

How long the block is going to continue is yet to be seen, as more details of these developments are yet to come. However one thing is for sure, Trump’s war against his “fake news media” has taken a new turn.

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