Freedom of Press?

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Miranda Curnutt

Throughout history, reporters have had to use various sources to acquire information. One of these sources are the daily, on-the-record press briefings held by the White House. Though many reporters may choose to only attend occasionally, they are free to do so. However, on February 24th, the briefing was replaced by an off-camera meeting attended by a group of media outlets hand-picked by the White House, including NBC, CBS, Fox News, and Breitbart. CNN, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and many foreign press outlets were among those not permitted to attend.

In response to the bans from the press briefing, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press all refused to enter future press briefings until everyone is included. And the White House responded: on the day of President Trump’s joint address to Congress, they scheduled another press meeting–and all were invited to attend.

This is the latest incident in the many tiffs President Trump has had with the media. In many of his rallies and conferences, he has dismissed several news outlets as “fake news”, claiming that they were not being honest with the American people. The White House has also denounced news stories that are leaked by anonymous sources–using President Trump’s own anonymous sources to dispute the news.