By Raj Birinder Singh Malik
White House barred several major television and newspaper outlets from attending an informal press briefing.
The BBC, CNN, the New York Times, and several others were not allowed to attend informal press briefing with Press Secretary Sean Spicer without any reasons.
The whole scenario with Sean Spicer, took place in his daily briefing and was originally scheduled as an on-camera event. But the White House press office, later in the day told that the Questions and answers sessions would take place in Spicer’s West Wing office rather than the James S Brady Press Briefing room and the event would be Off-camera.
The Television and Newspaper outlet whose entry request were barred included the Guardian, the New York Times, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, the BBC, the Daily Mail and others. And Media sources which were in favour of Trump such as Breitbart News, the One America News Network and the Washington Times were allowed into the meeting, as well as TV networks CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. However, Associated Press and Times decided to boycott the briefing even though they were invited.
After this in the Annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump declared that much of the media was “the enemy of the people”. Trump also said that some of the media outlet are doing fake news. He further said that they don’t have genuine leads so they make things up and these made up thing, America reads and thinks that these newspapers are writing correct news but I know they are not. White House hand picking these media outlets is highly unusual and makes one wonder is integrity of journalism is safe.
Several of the newspaper and broadcasting outlets has sought clarification from the White House on why its representative was denied access.