This week the media has been focusing on calling President Trump an “authoritarian” because his Press Secretary decided to pick only a few conservative outlets into a particular press gaggle for a briefing. Mind you, the White House owes no media outlet any special treatment. White House press briefings are completely voluntary to for the White House.
CNN, NYT, Washington Post, and others felt slighted by the decision to restrict them from this gaggle and waged a campaign against President Trump’s White House. They accused him of suppressing 1st amendment rights, which is absurd because as we mentioned, the WH allowed other newspapers into the room with them. Jake Tapper told his viewers that the decision was “UnAmerican!” Strong words.
It made me wonder… Where was the media when Barack Obama banned conservative media from his campaign in 2008?
Via Tea Partier:
From Washington Times circa 2008:
The Washington Times, N.Y. Post and Dallas Morning News — three newspapers that recently endorsed John McCain — have been kicked off Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plane in the final days of his campaign.
The Obama campaign informed The Washington Times Thursday evening of its decision, which came two days after The Times editorial page endorsed Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama. The Times editorial page runs independently of the news department.
“This feels like the journalistic equivalent of redistributing the wealth. We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars covering Senator Obama’s campaign, traveling on his plane, and taking our turn in the reporters’ pool, only to have our seat given away to someone else in the last days of the campaign,” said Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon.
News organizations pay campaigns for the cost of traveling on the candidate’s planes.
We checked and found an ABC article which highlighted Obama’s reasoning:
The campaign says that a limited number of seats forced it to make the tough decision of which journalists would be permitted to follow the Democratic presidential candidate in the last four days of the campaign, but the papers are calling foul, claiming they were targeted for their editorial-page positions and kicked off while nonpolitical publications like Glamour and Jet magazines remained on board.
Other searches did not yield any results of Jake Tapper calling Obama unAmerican or the liberal media calling Barack Obama authoritarian. Funny how that works.