The White House has barred international news television station CNN and a host of other media houses from its press conference.
Reports from US say that on Friday, February 24 afternoon, reporters from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and CNN were denied entry to the White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s office for a briefing.
On the other hand, Breitbart News, the Washington Times, and One America News Network were waved in.
Mainstream outlets including ABC and CBS, were all allowed in but reporters from Time magazine and the Associated Press were allowed in, who were also allowed in chose to boycott the briefing in protest of the other outlets’ exclusion.
“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,”Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said in a statement.
“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.”