White House bans CNN's Kaitlan Collins over 'wrong questions'

Oscar Cross
July 27, 2018

Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn't mean the question isn't relevant and shouldn't be asked.

Reporters can then ask any question on any topic.

On the heels of President Donald Trump's Orwellian remark advising supporters that what they read in the news "is not what's happening", the White House released its own statement claiming that it supports a free press-directly after banning a reporter from a news conference.

He also cited comments about the incident from White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMcCarthy on choosing the next Speaker: "I want it to be me" BBC interviewer to Spicer: "You have corrupted discourse for the entire world" Ivanka Trump's fashion company shutting down MORE, who said members of the news media need to show more respect while covering Trump.

CNN president Jeff Zucker was previously at NBC Universal, the man who green-lighted reality show The Apprentice that turned Trump into a household name, ultimately paving the way for his successful run as president.

"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", Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Blocking a credentialed White House reporter from an event open to all members of the media is highly unusual and possibly unprecedented, and it marks another low point in the Trump White House's highly strained relationship with the news media.

She and her employer, CNN, said she was barred because White House officials found her questions "inappropriate", which Mr. Gidley disputed. On Wednesday, Trump did not answer Collins' questions about Vladimir Putin and Michael Cohen.

CNN, in a statement Wednesday, objected to the White House decision, calling it "retaliatory in nature" and "not indicative of an open and free press". Shine said to reporters on Thursday, referring to Collins, standing outside the West Wing and addressing reporters standing several feet away.

Hala Gorani, an anchor for CNN International, reacted to the fracas by tweeting, "I've reported from many countries where reporters are banned from press events for not asking softball questions and the last thing I expected was for it to happen in the United States". The White House Correspondents Association called it "wrongheaded, and weak". "It can not stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable".

On Thursday, Shine didn't address the situation directly but quibbled with the use of the word "ban" in describing the action taken against Collins.

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