White House bans several news media from press briefing

White House bans several news media from press briefing

By Keshala Dias

25 Feb, 2017 | 12:09 pm

Several major news broadcasters and newspapers have been barred from attending an informal press briefing at the White House.

The broadcasters include BBC, CNN, New York Times, Politico, Buzzfeed, Daily Mail and few others.

Sources say, it came hours after US President Donald Trump delivered another attack on the media in a speech, saying that “fake news” was the “enemy of the people”.

Shortly after Trump’s speech on Friday, a number of selected media organisations were invited into Mr Spicer’s office for an informal briefing and those allowed in include Fox News, ABC, Reuters, Breitbart News and Washington Times.

When the reason for such an act was asked, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has told it was his decision to “expand the pool” of reporters.

He has also warned the White House was going to “aggressively push back” at “false narratives” in the news.

Sources claim that during the press briefing, Spicer has addressed reports that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI to publicly dispute media stories about contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow.