CNN is asking questions about the White House’s decision to place their reporter in the back of a White House press briefing on Friday.
 
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“We were in the equivalent of Siberia, no pun intended, when it comes to where we were seated,” CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaWhite House press secretary says Trump will decide when she holds first press briefing Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball CNN's Acosta 'thanks' Mulvaney after exchange at press conference MORE told Wolf Blitzer on Friday night. “That could be seen as an oversight on the part of the White House staff but it could also be seen as retaliation over the reporting we’re doing over here at CNN.”

CNN reporters are typically seated with other cable news networks at the front of press events so that their cameras have an unobstructed view for stand up live shots.

The White House has occasionally changed seating arrangements in the past for various reasons, however during Friday’s event Trump specifically called out the cable news networks for treating him "so badly."
 
"Should I take one of the killer networks that treat me so badly as fake news?" Trump asked, before calling on ABC’s Jon Karl.
Friday’s event also followed testimony on Thursday in which The New York Times was called out for “not true” reporting on members of Trump’s campaign, and other reporters pointed out that the Times was seated in the back row, too. 
Fired FBI Director James Comey said in Senate testimony the day before that a bombshell report titled “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” was "in the main, it was not true."
 
The paper defended its reporting on Thursday and sought to clarify which parts of its reporting Comey disputed.