Trump Threatens To 'Do Something' About The Media, Bars Major Outlets From Press Briefing

The Trump Administration’s war on media accelerated Friday.

The White House barred some of the nation’s top news organizations from today’s press briefing, not long after President Trump threatened to “do something about” the press during a speech at a convention of political conservatives.

The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico and CNN were barred from today’s White House press briefing, CNN reported.

Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen said The Huffington Post was also banned from the briefing, stating: "We are deeply disturbed by this decision and are heartened that other members of the White House Correspondents Association decided to protest the gaggle in solidarity.

"We hope that the White House will recognize the vital importance of including all credentialed media outlets when briefing reporters on matters of undeniable public interest."



The briefing took place hours after President Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., this morning. Much of his speech was devoted to media’s role as the “opposition party,” especially in reporting on “leaks” within the White House.

He continued to label the nation’s top news organizations as “fake news” and singled out CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS.

Some news media are fighting back via their own branding initiatives.

The Washington Post this week introduced a new slogan on its masthead -- “Democracy Dies In The Darkness” -- and The New York Times unveiled a new truth-oriented branding TV campaign that will break in ABC’s telecast of the Oscars Sunday night (see related story).

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  1. Chuck Lantz from, network, February 24, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

    The "banned" media list is growing so long that I have to ask any of the pro-Trump commenters here to please list the media outlets that still qualify as "factual."  

    And I am dead serious, since I wouldn't want to get caught reading or watching anything seditious like the NY Times, LA Times, Politico, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Washington Post. 

    I await your response. 

  2. Thomas Hagey from Now Media, February 24, 2017 at 7:46 p.m.

    To our dear American neighbours/neighbors...

    You are cordially invited to cross the border and come to the great white north...yes, Canada...but do it before the wall goes up here as well. (And if you move here your tax dollars won't help pay for ...although they actually might if Donald gets his way.)

    Trust your gut feeling on this guy and remember the whole world is watching...we all can't be wrong!!!

    Yeah, it's time...Medicare is may have to say EH? ... And probably "I'm sorry" even when it's not your fault. But that's about it...if you have a sense of humour/'ll fit right in:)

    And our Prime Minister can answer difficult questions without saying the word tremendous...and he actually likes immigrants.

    Canada...the final frontier...and no more Mr. Big Mouth.

  3. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston replied, February 27, 2017 at 1:50 p.m.

    He didn't ban NPR, is that good enough? Boston Globe?  

    It has always struck me odd that once something appears in the NYT, then the others on your list just jump aboard for the ride. Likewise, if the NYT ignores a story, so do they. One might scoop the other on occasion but the sameness is striking. Others have even recorded the language used on morning news shows and the wording has a familiar word-choice, even when attempting to be clever, as if they're all following the same DNC release. Did we not already learn from Wikileaks that collusion was evident between the Hillary campaign and the list of sources being banned? Even some debate questions were leaked from CNN to the Clinton camp.

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