On Wednesday, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was banned from a Rose Garden event after she blurted out questions regarding Michael Cohen during an Oval Office event. Later, Fox News’ Bret Baier came out in support of CNN.
CNN said Collins asked:
“Are you worried about what is on the other tapes?”
“Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation?”
According to Collins, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine dis-invited her from the Rose Garden event.
“They said ‘You are dis-invited from the press availability in the Rose Garden today,’” she said on CNN Wednesday. “They said that the questions I asked were inappropriate for that venue.”
“And they said I was shouting,” she added.
Collins said her network wasn’t banned — only her.
“Your photographers can still come. Your producers can still come. But you are not invited to the Rose Garden today,” he said, Collins recalled.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the action, explaining the reason.
“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” she said. “Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend.”
“She said it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway,” she added. “To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House.”
White House releases a statement on the press event incident Wednesday with a CNN correspondent. pic.twitter.com/ETgNsKKXrK
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) July 25, 2018
CNN struck back:
Statement regarding CNN press access at today’s White House event. We demand better. pic.twitter.com/s4lSTcHVak
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 25, 2018
Here’s Baier’s statement:
“As a member of the White House press pool, FOX stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access,” he said.
Writing at the Gateway Pundit, Cristina Laila correctly observed: “CNN’s news cycle consists of Russia-Stormy-Cohen-Immigration-Rinse-Repeat.”
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