[Ed. – Consider — just consider — the likelihood that this too is being spun by the media. The pool is the group of media that are covering an event that day. Not everyone goes to every event. White House says they invited the pool to the off-camera gaggle, and Spicer says he added a few invites to that. It’s quite possible that CNN, etc were not in the pool, weren’t there to be invited as “the pool,” didn’t get their own special engraved invitations — and so spun that as being deliberately, unconscionably, ruthlessly “excluded.” I’m not saying one way or another, because I don’t know. But just think about it. It is this really an unlikely explanation?]
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended Friday’s press gaggle, which restricted the number of journalists present.
According to an audio recording of the briefing circulated by the pool, when Spicer was asked whether he was playing favorites by excluding outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, BBC, and the Los Angeles Times, among others, he said he “disagreed with the premise of the question,” but added that the White House had “shown an abundance of accessibility.” …
The White House also came to Spicer’s defense, arguing that it felt “everyone was represented” by those present.
“We invited the pool so everyone was represented. We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.