The Trump administration refuses to send officials to CNN, declaring the White House has no desire to send surrogates to appear on ‘fake news’.
CNN, by some dubbed the “Criminal Network News” democratic agency had rallied a dirty propaganda campaign against Trump during the 2016 elections. However the White House is still responding to question from CNN reporters @ news briefings.
While many have expressed outrage and panic over Trump “icing out the media” this type of favoritism towards certain networks is not a new situation for the White House. In 2009, the Obama administration asserted that they would treat Fox News “the way we would treat an opponent”.
It is important to note that the Trump administration has solid reason to believe that not all media outlets are reporting on them fairly. Reuters has informed the public that they would treat the coverage of the Trump administration as they would do with an authoritarian regime.
This way Trump is being categorized to be covered as nations like Turkey, Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Thailand, China, Zimbabwe and Russia, for its reporters to be used as a template for covering the Trump administration.
Trump is not violating the First Amendment by freezing out CNN and other media outlets, however the move is to be thought as a risky self fulfilling prophecy with Reuters and CNN. However this does not create a harmful chilling effect on the press’ ability to do its job.
Reuters / AA Magnum News 2017.