President Trump warned the mainstream media “we’re gonna do something about the media” during his CPAC speech. A number of news outlets were barred by The White House from covering Sean Spicer’s Q&A session on Friday afternoon. Sean Spicer hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the traditional on-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room according to press reports.
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Several outlets were allowed into Sean Spicer’s office, including the Washington Times, Breitbart and One America News Network. As well as other major news organizations cover the gaggle, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters and Bloomberg. As a result of the unusual move, the Associated Press and Time magazine boycotted the briefing.
Today the White House is handpicking the news outlets they’re allowing into the gaggle with @PressSec. CNN was blocked from attending.
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) February 24, 2017
Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said in a statement.
AP and Time boycotted the gaggle today because of the way it was handled.
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 24, 2017
The media didn’t think we would win. The pundits — you’re right — they had an idea. The pundits didn’t think we’d win. The consultants that suck up all that money — oh, they suck it up — they’re so good. They’re not good at politics, but they’re really good at sucking up people’s money. Especially my opponents’, because I kept them down to a minimum. But the consultants didn’t think we would win. But they all underestimated the power of the people, you, and the people proved them totally wrong.
This is so true, and this is what’s been happening. Never underestimate the people. Never. I don’t think it will ever happen again.” – Donald Trump, CPAC 2017