Trump White House blocks CNN, LA Times, other outlets from media briefing

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Some outlets blocked from White House media briefing
Reporters prepare for a media briefing Thursday, Feb 23, 2017. Certain outlets weren't allowed in on a briefing Friday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and a number of other news organizations from a media briefing Friday afternoon, but outlets that are considered friendly to the administration were let in, reporters said.

Senior White House strategist Steve Bannon's former outlet Breitbart was invited, as was the Washington Times.

There was no regularly scheduled daily briefing, but a small group of reporters was allowed into a press gaggle inside Spicer's office inside the West Wing.

CNN, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and others were denied access.

The White House Correspondent's Association strongly condemned the move.

"The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House," said WHCA president Jeff Mason. "We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."

CNN responded by calling it an "unacceptable development."

"Apparently, this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like," a CNN news release said.

"Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties," said New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.