Press Excluded from White House Briefing Were Harshest on Russia Ties

On Friday, the White House excluded several news outlets from an off-camera press ‘gaggle’ that took the place of the day’s open press briefing. The barred outlets have uniformly been key players in investigating ties between the Trump administration and Russian leadership, or in framing the issue as dire for the administration’s legitimacy.

The excluded outlets were CNN, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The LA Times, Politico, The Hill, The Daily Mail, BBC, and The New York Times. While it’s not uncommon for small groups of reporters to be given of-camera White House briefings, veteran reporters have described the explicit exclusion of particular media organizations as unprecedented.

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CNN was the first outlet to report publicly on a long-rumored document from a former British intelligence agent, alleging Trump’s vulnerability to

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