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Here’s The REAL Reason The White House Barred That CNN Reporter

To hear the liberal media tell it, the horrible Trump administration, bent on destroying the First Amendment, has barred a legitimate journalist from covering the White House.

Or as The New York Times put it: “The White House barred a CNN journalist from attending a public appearance by President Trump in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, an apparent act of retaliation that drew immediate rebuke from news organizations and signaled the latest escalation of Mr. Trump’s hostilities toward the news media.”

But once again, that’s not the full story (and just for the record, a lie of omission is still a lie).

The Times quotes Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, saying she was chastised for asking “inappropriate” questions. “They did not like the questions I asked President Trump about the news of the day,” Collins said.

That, she claimed, led to the White House barring her from the following press event in the White House Rose Garden.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders offered a very different account.

“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,” Sanders said in a statement. “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 “refused to leave” the Oval Office.

Far different from the versions you’re hearing in the MSM. And Collins herself noted that CNN wasn’t barred from the event. She said on CNN that she was told, “We’re not banning your network. Your photographers can still come. Your producers can still come. But you are not invited to the Rose Garden today.”

The Times reports that in the Oval Office, Collins shouted: “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” and then: “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors?” She actually asked six questions (lie of omission).

But it wasn’t the questions Collins asked, it was the venue.

“To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House,” Sanders said. Trump had just concluded an Oval Office meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the White House when the press was allowed in.

Having covered the White House for 12 years, I know a bit about this. To be sure, reporters do yell questions at the president all the time, say, on the White House lawn, at Andrews Air Force base, in a White House press conference or just about anywhere other than the Oval Office. And it’s not only right for them to do so, it’s their job, one the American people expect them to do.

In the Oval, though, reporters are expected to handle themselves with a bit of decorum. It’s the man’s office, after all, and the press was invited in. Yelling repeated questions at the president and refusing to leave is absolutely inappropriate.

Here’s what CNN said:


Collins asked that fifth question twice, so six questions. In an Oval Office spray, it’s cool to ask one question, maybe a second on your way out — but six?!

Here’s a video of the melee as the White House staff tries to get the press corps out of the Oval (click ahead to 1:20 if you want to skip Collins’ sanctimony):

Just as fellow CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta has been doing since Day 1 of the Trump administration, Collins is clearly trying to get famous by being “tough” on the president. But she’s not being tough, she’s being rude. Ask a question, maybe two, then get out.

So now, that’s a new tactic by the press: Get into the Oval, then simply refuse to leave.

When Trump tires of the tactic (he will) and bars the entire press corps from his office, the MSM will be up in arms.

And when that happens, they should, perhaps, direct some of their ire toward Collins and Acosta. There’s a way to do the job, a very difficult job, without being rude. Give it a try, White House press corps, you just might like it.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. paulette barrow

    July 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    CNN SHOULD BE PERMANETLY BANNED FROM ALL WH PRESS CONFERENCES,THEY ARE RUDE AND OUT OF CONTROL

  2. Ahzz

    July 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    TOOOOO FUNNY! White House puts little Kaitlan Collins in a ”
    TIME-OUT”! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
    Keep it all you lousy, loony, lefty “LOSERS”…. keep it up.

    • Ahzz

      July 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      TOOOOO FUNNY! White House puts little Kaitlan Collins in a ”TIME-OUT”!
      Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
      Keep it up all you lousy, loony, lefty “LOSERS”…. keep it up.

  3. connie shepherd

    July 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    You re rude and disrepected U shouldn t go back Jerk

  4. Petre

    July 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    IF YOU CONSIDER YOUR SELF INTELGENT REPORTER DO NOT ASK THE SAME STUPID QUESTION .ALL OF YOU FROM CNN AND OTHER MEDIA DO .SO NEXT TIME CHECK YOUR IQ AND BE AS DECENT PERSON LIKE SOME REPORTERS ARE I NO WONDER WHY THE W/H BARRED U . PLAY SMART ASS SOME DIFFERENT PLACE .

  5. Doris L Brown

    July 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    The Press is a bunch of lying, controlling human beings that do not want, or even “like” our wonderful, goal achieving President Trump. They are upset mostly because the “Hilliary” syndrom loss they just cannot believe and therefore keep trying to prove President Trump is opposite of the real way that President Trump “IS”. Poor little babies crying over spilled milk, is the way they attack the reality of their “LOSS”. Too bad, is what the people that see his leadership is working, and they just cannot stand that reality, NO, not at all. Boo hooo oooooo, to the idiots…..A TEXAN and PROUD and Great Grandmother of three boys, with our children believing rightly that President Trump, is trumping the DEMs……LOL LOL….AMEN In Christ we pray he continues to lead and the DEMs can just SHUT UP…

  6. Frances Lanelle Wood

    July 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    She was extremely rude and should learn manners that should have been taught as a child! Get her out and jeep her out.

  7. Ellender Brown

    July 26, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    The Mafia Media care nothing about news. They make it up as they go. 90% of it is gossip and lies. Maybe we should start calling it a Tabloid not news.

  8. inge hoy

    July 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    -BEEN WAITING FOR A LONG TIME – FOR THOSE AWFUL CNN´s to be shown OUT.- Glad it happened- AT LAST.-

  9. Bill

    July 26, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Why didn’t the MSM think this was an issue when Osama did it many times? Here is one instance when the whole crowd clapped and cheer when Osama kicked out the reporter. More double standards.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiNYK0CexJI

  10. Heriberto Fernandes de Araújo

    July 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

    O Obama sempre foi querido da mídia comunista vermelhos socialistas, tudo que ele faz ou diz, tem toda cobertura aplaudida pela mídia. Um ex-presidente que não tem se separado da política de interferência do governo Traump, um recentimento pôr conta da derrota da eleição americana de 2016.
    Para mim o Barak Obama, foi e é um absurdo que o povo americano o fez presidente, foi um erro para América.

  11. Bobbi Henderson

    July 30, 2018 at 1:46 am

    I agree with the White House. This was inappropriate to be asking such questions when we have a dignitary visiting. Change the protocol!!!!! The complaints …are just that ole double standard again!I cannot stand to watch CNN no MSNBC..I stopped watching them because….they never seem to cover anything positive especially about president Trump.

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