CNN is flipping out that one of their reporters was told she wasn’t welcome at a Rose Garden event after she shouted out several questions at the president in the Oval Office during a photo op with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
“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.”
The reporter, Kaitlan Collins claimed that she wasn’t invited to a Rose garden event because they didn’t like the questions she had to ask. She asked questions about Michael Cohen and Vladimir Putin.
Of course, as with anything having to do with media or CNN, it turns out that wasn’t the whole story.
From Biz Pac Review:
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a later statement it wasn’t the questions being asked that the White House took issue with, but Collins’ tenacity — the CNN reporter refused to leave the Oval Office as the pool was being escorted out.
Sanders also clarified that CNN was not barred from the Rose Garden event, just this particular reporter, meaning another reporter from the network could have attended.
“At the conclusion of the press event in the Oval Office, a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so,” Sanders’ statement read. “Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event but made it 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,” the statement continued. “To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House.
The look on EU President’s face as it was all unfolding is priceless.
This isn’t the first time this has happened with a European leader. A prior European leader also asked Trump after such a event, “Is it always like this?” like he couldn’t believe it.
As Joseph Curl notes in the Daily Wire:
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?!
Click ahead to 1:20 for the melee.
The White House banned Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, from a press event after Collins asked President Trump questions at an Oval Office photo op https://t.co/7QN8CoZ7sp pic.twitter.com/hWspq7W1yy
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2018
And then refusing to leave is not cool.
CNN wants respect but they don’t offer it in return or pay attention to proper procdures or protocol. It isn’t being tough or being a journalist, it’s being rude. Notice, it’s not the other reporters being called out, it’s CNN again and again.