President Donald Trump's war against the media has only just begun.
Today, journalists from a number of news outlets were not allowed to attend a White House briefing, which largely targeted CNN's coverage of White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus' meeting with the FBI about reports that Trump's top dogs were in communication with Russia.
But CNN wasn't there, the Daily Beast reports — because they weren't allowed in to the gaggle (an informal meeting in question-and-answer format) hosted by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Other outlets barred from the session included BuzzFeed, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Politico.
Among the media able to sit it on the gaggle were right-leaning conservative entities, such as Breitbart, One America News Network, and The Washington Times. Additionally, some mainstream outlets were able to attend, including Bloomberg, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.
To protest the ban, such outlets as TIME and The Associated Press boycotted the gaggle, and the Wall Street Journal said they won't take part in future closed meetings.
WSJ says they would not have participated in gaggle had they known of the blocking of others and said they won't in future pic.twitter.com/Osef9I0XPx— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) February 24, 2017
CNN anchor Jake Tapper has responded to the suppression with another truth-telling broadcast, in which he called the act "un-American."
"Let's not make any mistake about what's happening, here," Tapper says at the start of the segment. "A White House that has had some difficulty telling the truth — and that has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic competent functioning of government ... they are taking the next step in attempting to avoid checks and balances and accountability."
"It's not acceptable," Tapper continues. "In fact, it's petulant and indicative of a lack of basic understanding of how an adult White House functions."
Tapper goes on to illustrate the utter hypocrisy of the administration's war on the media.
"This White House does not seem to value an independent press," Tapper says, packing the final punch.
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