CNN and other mainstream media outlets were swift to condemn the White House press team as after CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins shouted questions and refused to leave despite being asked to do so.
They aren’t reporting that, according to Townhall.com, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Collins had told the White House she did not plan to attend the Rose Garden event anyway.
That Collins was asking questions irrelevant to the event she was invited to as pool reporter has been lost by the mainstream press, as was the fact that the broader CNN outlet, including photographers and producers, were allowed to attend the subsequent Rose Garden event that was open to the press Wednesday afternoon.
Collins was serving as the pool reporter during a meeting between President Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission and she shouted questions following the photo-op.
“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. “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.”
Collins didn’t ask questions pertaining to the Trump-Juncker meeting but about Vladimir Putin and the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen. When the White House later announced the Trump-Juncker availability, Collins was told she wasn’t invited.
Even as CNN was still allowed at the press conference, mainstream media outlets were quick to extrapolate the dispute and paint Trump in a sinister light.
In a previous article from this year, Julie Mason host of “The Press Pool” on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel, a veteran White House reporter and a former elected board member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, wrote that “Trump has proved more accessible than Obama and has not moved on threats against the industry … Obama, who campaigned on a promise to protect government whistle-blowers, made greater use of the Espionage Act to prosecute leakers and menace journalists than all other presidents combined.
“Obama’s Justice Department accessed the personal email of a Fox News reporter and surveilled the reporter’s parents and colleagues. They seized the home, work and mobile phone records of journalists at the Associated Press. [Reporter James] Risen, who fought the administration to protect his sources, got so deep in his own legal battle with Obama that he selected a reading list for prison before the government finally backed off.”
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