Friday, February 24, 2017

This day in Trump, excluding mainstream press

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Tick-tock, how long do the
Trump administration assaults on
basic American democracy continue?
CNN Media/Money/Dylan Byers, Sara Murray and Kevin  Liptak, 2/24/17.  "White House blocks news organizations from press briefing."

"CNN and other news outlets were blocked Friday from an off-camera White House press briefing, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded. .... 

.... The pool usually includes a representative from one television network and one print outlet. In this case, four of the five major television networks -- NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News -- were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.  And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in.

.... New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. ...  Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."
The Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted the briefing because of how it was handled. The White House Correspondents Association also protested the move. ....  Related video 2:26 minutes, and more: Trump rips media, repeats 'enemy of the people' line."  Read more.

Note graphic  by Tom Toles from The Washington Post, Democracy dies in darkness/Opinions/Tom Toles, 1/31/17, "Is Trump authoritarian enough for you yet? If not, you won't have to wait long."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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