The Trump administration stepped its assault on the media today, barring news outlets including CNN, the New York Times, Politico and the Los Angeles Times from attending an off-camera press briefing held by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The controversy came hours after President Trump again launched a full-frontal attack on the media -- the #fake media, he clarified in his Friday morning CPAC speech. The problem is that Trump is on the record calling the New York Times, CNN and countless other high-level media organization as perpetrators of #fakenews. So his clarification falls on fake ears.
The Wall Street Journal did participate in the briefing, issuing a statement that the newspaper was unaware of the exclusions. "Had we known at the time, we would not have participated, and we will not participate in such closed briefings in the future."
White House deputy communications director Raj Shah insisted this was all much ado about nothing.
Today's events follow Trump's top strategic adviser Steve Bannon's CPAC confab yesterday in which he said that the Trump White House intends to ramp up attacks on the media, insinuating that very choppy waters lie ahead.
We haven't confirmed if Lucian Wintritch, founder of Twinks4Trump -- an artist now with White House press credentials in his role as a reporter for Gateway Pundit --was in the selective gaggle. Read on for an in-depth analysis of Trump's war on the press.