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The New York Times just responded to being excluded from a private press briefing in Sean Spicer’s office, remarking that they have never been excluded by the White House in this manner for as long as the publication has existed.
NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet wrote in a statement:
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 24, 2017
Spicer held an off-camera question-and-answer session today, inviting such Trump-supporting outlets as Breitbart, the Washington Times, Fox News, and One America News Network, as well as some other mainstream media outlets
The New York Times was excluded from this briefing, as well as CNN, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.
Time and The Associated Press were invited, but have boycotted the event in protest of the discriminatory guest list.
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CNN also strongly protested their exclusion:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 24, 2017
Trump has referred to the media as “fake news” at nearly every public appearance that he’s made since becoming president, consistently failing to provide evidence of specific falsehoods. During his speech this morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump promised to take direct action against the media, saying “It doesn’t represent the people, it never will represent the people, and we’re going to to do something about it.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
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