Fox’s Bret Baier rips White House after outlets barred from briefing


Fox News anchor Bret Baier blasted the White House’s decision Friday to exclude several news organizations from covering spokesman Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session.

Baier said the White House press gaggle “should be opened to all” credentialed organizations, pointing to treatment of his network during the Obama administration.

“Some at CNN & NYT stood w/FOX News when the Obama admin attacked us & tried 2 exclude us-a WH gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs,” Baier tweeted.

{mosads}CNN also released a statement blasting the White House’s tactics Friday, calling it “an unacceptable development by the Trump White House.”

Spicer’s off-camera “gaggle” with the press took place inside his West Wing office, not in the traditional James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Multiple outlets were barred from the gaggle, including CNN and The New York Times, which President Trump regularly attacks.

Other organizations not allowed into the meeting included Politico, The Hill, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.

Several right-leaning outlets were allowed into the gaggle, including Breitbart, The Washington Times and One America News Network. A number of major news organizations were also allowed in, including Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Reuters and Bloomberg.

— Jordan Fabian contributed.


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