In a significant development, something like which has never happened in the history of the White House, the Trump government has barred certain media outlets, claiming that they are ‘anti-trump’. The media outlets that were barred from attending a briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer included The New York Times, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, BuzzFeed News, Politico, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. However, there were many media outlets that did attend such as Breitbart News, The Washington Times, One America News Network, ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fox News. Some media outlets such as The Associated Press and Time magazine did not attend the briefing to mark their protest against the White House.
The action barring media outlets has come under severe criticism. “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” said Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times. “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,” it said.
CNN described the incident as “an unacceptable development by the Trump White House. Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like.”