Do you know, I think I’m starting to sense a pattern here. One more and even the Lifestyles section of the New York Times will recognize it as a trend.
Just a few hours after Trump warned during his CPAC speech that “we’re gonna do something about the media”, he did just that after the White House barred a number of news outlets from covering Sean Spicer’s Q&A session on Friday afternoon. Spicer decided to 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.
Among the outlets not permitted to cover the gaggle were various news organizations that Trump has singled out in the past including CNN, The NYT, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.
Several non mainstream outlets were allowed into Spicer’s office, including Breitbart, the Washington Times and One America News Network. Several other major news organizations were also let in to cover the gaggle. That group included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters and Bloomberg, however AP and Time have boycotted the event.
Good. Now let him revoke their press credentials. As Glenn Reynolds says, all they are is activists with a byline. They’re not neutral. So treat them like the damned enemy they are.
Now is the time to act. Now is not the time to play fair. Let them whine and cry. What are they going to do, call Trump a Nazi racist bigot again?
This is an unacceptable development by the White House. This is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like. We’ll keep reporting regardless.
Go ahead. Double-down, by all means! The God-Emperor will keep shunning you. And even more people will refuse to watch you.