CNN media reporter Brian Stelter said Friday that outlets like CNN and the New York Times never show favor for any president during a segment about the Trump administration’s decision to block some news organizations from an off-camera press briefing.
CNN, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and Politico were among the outlets not allowed into Friday’s gaggle, while admission was granted to NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, and conservative news outlets like One America News, Breitbart, and the Washington Times. The Associated Press and Time reportedly boycotted the gaggle in protest.
Stelter said the Trump administration has been “stacking the deck” with friendly news outlets, referring to Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s habit of calling on right-leaning groups at briefings.
“We don’t see CNN or the New York Times rooting for any president, whether a Democrat or a Republican,” Stelter said. “But the Breitbarts of the world, they do root for candidates and root for presidents. There’s not anything necessarily wrong with that. It’s a point-of-view form of journalism.”
While CNN and the New York Times do not purport to have a point of view, they are routinely criticized for left-leaning reporting.