Richard Eskow, The Zero Hour/Campaign for America's Future. Until today, the anti-media rhetoric coming out of the Trump administration has been just that - rhetoric. But this afternoon - it turned into action. Earlier this afternoon - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked reporters from a number of news outlets from attending a briefing at his office. As the New York Times reports, "Reporters from The Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer... Aides to Mr. Spicer only allowed in reporters from a handpicked group of news organizations." It's not that difficult to see what's going on here. This was revenge - pure and simple. All of the news outlets blocked from attending today's briefing have been accused by Donald Trump and his administration of putting out "fake news" - AKA any news that calls into question the administration's extreme right-wing agenda. So - are we watching a crackdown on the press - American-style?
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