Journalists from CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the BBC, BuzzFeed, and Politico were blocked from participating in a gaggle— an informal question-and-answer session between a press secretary and journalists—with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in his West Wing office.
Bush, reacted on CNN by conceding that the decision to block certain reporters from the gaggle was “unwise and counterproductive,” but added: “There is nothing unusual about presidents meeting with self-selected reporters… and White House staffs do it all the time.” Fleischer echoed some conservatives who said the press largely overreacted to the way Friday’s briefing was handled, and defended Trump’s overall accessibility to the media.
And he’s giving the press so much access.” Bret Baier of Fox News, however, whose organization was admitted to the gaggle, stood with the reporters who were excluded, writing on Twitter: “A WH gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs.” The Wall Street Journal, which was also allowed into the gaggle, said in a statement that it “would not have participated” if its reporters had been aware ahead of time that some journalists were being excluded.
It's not acceptable—in fact, it’s petulant.” The decision by the White House to exclude some outlets from the gaggle on Friday follows a longstanding anti-media campaign on the part of President Trump.
During the campaign, multiple news organizations including The Daily Beast, Politico and The Washington Post were blacklisted by the Trump team—barred from attending any campaign rallies, press conferences or other events.