Left-leaning news network CNN is not exactly in the good graces of the White House, given how hard they’ve fought against the Trump administration over the last year and a half, doing anything and everything in their power to take non-stories — like the Russia probe — and turn them into weapons of political mass destruction.
The president and the network have been at each other’s throats on numerous occasions, with Trump labeling CNN “fake news” and even going so far as to toss their reporters out of press conferences.
Well, that war is continuing to rage on as the network has been banned from an EPA press event, a move that really ruffled the feathers of host Brian Stelter.
Stelter suggested that the government agency couldn’t be held accountable unless CNN was there, and lead anchor Wold Blitzer agreed. “Yeah, it’s pretty outrageous indeed,” he said, according to NewsBusters. “And another reporter inside saying there were empty seats in that room. Brian Stelter, first of all, how are the Associated Press and CNN responding?”
“By saying this is unacceptable, especially because as your banner on screen says the EPA chief has been embattled,” Stelter said. “Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another scandal involving the EPA. This is an agency that cries out for accountability coverage right now and we need to know what the heck is going on in [EPA director Scott] Pruitt’s office, and with his deputies, and with his agency. And instead, what we’re seeing is the door being closed, and in some cases literally.”
“Let’s be honest Wolf, both of us know there’s always a push and pull between the news media and government,” Stelter continued. “That’s the way it is. But government agencies have been pushing harder lately, much more aggressively closing the door, sometimes literally. Especially in response to reporters who are pursuing accountability stories, trying to hold the government accountable.”
The EPA blocked reporters from several news outlets, including CNN and the Associated Press, from a national summit where Scott Pruitt, the agency's chief, was speaking. The event was focused on harmful chemicals in water. https://t.co/tXu8rookn6 pic.twitter.com/zXeg6fYGDl
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) May 22, 2018
Perhaps the good folks at CNN would actually be allowed to participate in press events if they’d stop dedicating so much of their time and energy to lying their rear ends off each and every time they cover a story about the president?
Most people know at this point that CNN will not tell them the complete facts of a story unless they fit the narrative they want to push. What doesn’t fit they twist or completely fabricate. Why would the administration want these people present if they know they won’t do their job as journalists and uphold the integrity of the profession by reporting facts?
Until these folks stop and smell the coffee, they should expect to be treated this way.
Source: The Daily Wire
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