White House bars CNN correspondent from open press event

Shep Smith responds to White House version of ‘disinvite’ of CNN reporter

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It is standard protocol for reporters to ask the president questions at such events, and Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, often engages.

CBS News' Steven Portnoy, who was serving as the radio network pool reporter for the day, said Collins "was no less willing to leave" the office than "any other member of the larger-than-usual press contingent". The images and video usually feature a dozen or more journalists clad in IDs, headphones and gear, crammed into a small space and hoisting long, furry microphones toward the president. Maybe they want to intimidate other reporters. "Such rhetoric and actions from the President and the White House that seemingly occur simply because they do not like the questions and the coverage they are getting undermine the very essence of our democratic society", the group said. His goal overlaps with the media's aim of broadcasting these events to the world.

"It's still kind of doing the old-fashioned notion of reporter with some kind of objectivity. and I think that drives the president absolutely insane", added Thompson, from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. But that's where aligned interests, and sometimes the dignity of the occasion, ends.

Trump did not answer any of the questions Collins posed. The president has, on numerous occasions, responded to these shouted inquiries. Collins says Shine accused her of shouting and asking "inappropriate" questions during an earlier joint appearance by Trump and Juncker.

Fox News President Jay Wallace also sided with CNN over the debacle.

By Obama's second term, frustrated reporters crafted a list of what it considered best practices for a president.

Banned, blocked, disinvited or unwelcomed, the result was that Collins was unable to attend a news conference with Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Some of her queries focused on an audio recording of Trump taken by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about a tabloid payment to a woman alleging an affair with Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders didn't respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on who made the weather call on a sunny day with no bad weather forecast.

CNN on Wednesday described the White House's ban on Collins as a "retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press".

Even as he refuted that Collins' denied access amounted to a ban, Shine repeatedly declined to tell reporters what word he would use to characterize the White House's decision to block her from attending the event. But footage of the incident shows none of the assembled press heeded aides' calls to leave at first.

Multiple media outlets, including Shine's former subordinate at Fox News and the WHCA, condemned the White House's move against Collins. "She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington".



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