Yesterday the left wing media claimed that several news pundits were excluded from a press conference with President Trump, but that was debunked today in one tweet: “White House Deputy Comms. Dir. Raj Shah denies reports of a gaggle block against CNN, NYT, Politico and others”.
The left forgets that even The New York Times frequently wrote about President Obama’s tendency to huddle with members of the liberal media only. Despite that fact, “Dean Baqeut, executive editor of the New York Times, said: ‘Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties'”, reports Breitbart.
While the left tried to make it look like President Trump had made “an attack on the media,” they forgot President Obama did the same.
Breitbart has more:
Obama’s private briefings for liberal members of the media, which excluded conservatives, were well-documented. A few:
- December 2012: Several journalists reported that MSNBC hosts were meeting privately with President Obama to discuss the impending “fiscal cliff” fight.
- May 2013: NPR’s Ari Shapiro reported that President Obama was meeting privately with “lefty columnists,” but hastened to add that there was “nothing nefarious” about it.
- November 2013: President Obama met again with liberal journalists, as Obamacare struggled with the failure of healthcare.gov and other problems.
- March 2015: Politico’s media reporter, Hadas Gold, reported that “a group of journalists and columnists,” all on the left, met privately with President Obama, but the White House refused to say “who else was at the meeting or what was discussed.”
On Friday, CNN media reporter Dylan Byers expressed concern at the alleged exclusion of left-leaning media outlets. Yet in 2015, he wrote about the frequency of Obama’s private meetings with journalists. Byers noted that President Obama “holds the occasional meeting with conservatives,” but the list of “regulars” included a roster of prominent liberal journalists.
In reaction to the exclusion of some outlets from Friday’s briefing, Fox News’ Bret Baier noted that some journalists at CNN and the Times had stood up to the Obama administration when it tried to exclude Fox News from White House briefings.
That is true — and admirable. The question of whether some outlets are being excluded from otherwise public briefings is a valid one — and, as of this writing, the White House has not yet clarified why some outlets were not included in the gaggle.
Nevertheless, the New York Times‘ claim that “[n]othing like this has ever happened” is simply false — or “fake news.”