Row over CNN reporter's White House ban

Row over CNN reporter's White House ban

It is standard protocol for reporters to ask the president questions at sprays, and Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, often engages. Instead, Conway was asked softball questions about tariffs and immigration.

In a video posted on Twitter by another reporter, Ms Collins can be heard asking questions along with other pool reporters. "She also asked Trump if he is anxious about what might be on any other tapes recorded by Cohen, and why Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted Trump's invitation to come to Washington".

"There is that sense that CNN could be being watched by people who may be more undecided, still open to having their opinions and ideas shaped by the reporting", says Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture. "That's because Trump's long-suffering press wranglers start shouting "time to go" at the very moment that the formalities conclude-and then Trump proceeds to drag things out by taking a question here, a question there".

Due to the high demand of news coverage out of the White House, certain events require reporters to represent multiple outlets.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said the White House had made clear that other CNN journalists were welcome at the Rose Garden event, just not Ms. Collins.

"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", the network said.

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Ms Collins said she had tried to ask Mr Trump questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's postponed visit and recently released tapes documenting a conversation with lawyer Michael Cohen.

CNN, in a statement, objected to the move, calling it "retaliatory in nature" and "not indicative of an open and free press".

She and her employer, CNN, said she was barred because White House officials found her questions "inappropriate", which Mr. Gidley disputed. "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak".

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. "It can not stand", WHCA President Olivier Knox said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on CNN when the news was announced, said, "This kind of, really, violation of a reporter's rights is an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us".

White House Dep. Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine responds to questions about the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, July 26.