The White House has blocked major news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Politico and CNN, from joining an informal on-the-record White House press briefing on Friday.
The Associated Press, which is directed by Reuters, chose not to participate in the briefing after the White House restricted the number of journalists included. On Friday president Donald Trump delivered a speech blasting the media for reporting the half truth or censoring the real developments.
To compensate the effort, White House press secretary, Sean Spicer invited a pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps, such as the conservative Washington Times and Breitbart News. The White House said it felt ‘everybody was represented’ by those in the pool and the invited organizations.
Additionally and audio recording of the briefing was circulated by the pool. The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. In fact, Trump wants to accommodate the press.
At the end there were more reporters brought into the process, avoiding the idea that every time ‘that every single person can’t get their question answered’ or fit in a room that were excluding reporters from attending/receiving the latest government news in America.
Open access to the media is what makes a “democracy a democracy” versus a dictatorship. Accessibility and openness must reach the tax paying folks, working hard to keep their lives on the rails. Deception can not be an option anymore.
The press cannot be the enemy of the American people. The public has the right to know, being informed by a variety of news sources. New agencies that have some difficulty telling the truth or can’t get up to speed, informing the people of the world, in a respected way, must not be granted permission to do so.
However the “Committee to Protect Journalists” condemned the move by the White House. The U.S. should be promoting press freedom, instead of giving everybody access to certain information.
AP / AA Magnum News 2017.