As of yesterday’s press ban, there has been outrage in the media world.
In fact, CNN’s Jake Tapper said there’s one word to describe the White House’s decision to block several news organizations from a press briefing: “un-American.”
On Friday, Trump decided to block CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and Buzzfeed from accessing the press briefing held by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Moreover, hours before the press ban, Donald Trump stated that the press represents “the enemy of the people,” at the CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Tapper went on to state:
“The Trump White House thinks it can punish reporters for sharing with you facts that they do not like. Make no mistake about what’s happening here. A White House that has had some difficulty telling the truth and has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the competent functioning of government and a President who seems particularly averse to any criticism and has called the press the ‘enemies of the American people,’ they’re taking the next step in avoiding checks and balances and accountability.”
Tapper then pointed out that is “indicative of a lack of basic understanding of how an adult White House functions.”
Tapper also pointed out that in December Spicer said the White House would not ban media organizations as the Trump campaign had done. However, that too turned out to be a lie.
After Tapper’s response, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin responded on air Friday after learning the White House had blocked the news outlets from the presser:
“This is not OK.”
CNN then took to twitter to comment further:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 24, 2017
Do you find this unacceptable, as well?