I am not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories. But I am against fake news, media or press. Fake, fake, fake…
Washington : Several major news outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and BBC, were barred from attending an off-camera White House briefing, an unprecedented move that escalated tensions in the already tense relationship between the Trump administration and the media.
Hours after President Donald Trump blasted the media at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, declaring that much of the press was “the enemy of the American people”, the White House on Thursday invited only a select group of conservative news outfits for the “extended press gaggle”.
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian were among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s office.
The off-camera briefing was held in lieu of the daily televised Q&A session in the White House briefing room.
When reporters from these news outfits tried to enter Spicer’s office, they were told they could not attend.
Earlier in the day, Trump continued his assault on the press in a speech before the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists, for using anonymous sources. The US President said unethical reporters “make up stories and make up sources”.
“I’m not against the media, I’m not against the press. I don’t mind bad stories if I deserve them. And I tell ya, I love good stories, but…I don’t get too many of them. But I am only against the fake news, media or press. Fake, fake…” Trump said.
Later on Twitter, Trump said the media not telling the truth is a great danger to the country. “A great danger to our country,” he wrote. — PTI