The Liberal Media had a field day over the horrible Trump administration, bent on destroying the First Amendment, and barring a CNN journalist from covering the White House.
Or as the New York Times put it: “The White House barred a CNN journalist from attending a public appearance by President Trump in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, an apparent act of retaliation that drew immediate rebuke from news organizations and signaled the latest escalation of Mr. Trump’s hostilities toward the news media.”
But once again, that’s not the full story (and just for the record, a lie of omission is still a lie).
The Daily Wire reports,
The Times quotes Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, saying she was chastised for asking “inappropriate” questions. “They did not like the questions I asked President Trump about the news of the day,” Collins said.
That, she claimed, led to the White House barring her from the following press event in the White House.
But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders offered a very different account.
“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” Sanders said in a statement. “Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend.”
She “refused to leave” the Oval Office. Far different from the versions you’re hearing in the MSM.
The Times reports that in the Oval Office, Collins shouted: “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” and then: “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors?”
But it wasn’t the questions Collins asked, it was the venue.
“To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House,” Sanders said. Trump had just concluded an Oval Office meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the White House when the press was allowed in.
Having covered the White House for 12 years, I know a bit about this. To be sure, reporters do yell questions at the president all the time, say, on the White House lawn, at Andrews Air Force base, in a White House press conference or just about anywhere other than the Oval Office. And it’s not only right for them to do so, it’s their right.
In the Oval, though, reporters are expected to handle themselves with a bit of decorum. It’s the man’s office, after all, and the press was invited in. Yelling questions at the president and refusing to leave is absolutely inappropriate.
Collins clearly did that. So, the White House barred her from the next event.
Collins said on CNN that she was told, “We’re not banning your network. Your photographers can still come. Your producers can still come. But you are not invited to the Rose Garden today.”
“She said it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway,” Sanders said.