WH press corps shows unity after reporter barred from Rose Garden event

On Thursday night, CNN anchor Jake Tapper stopped by The Late Show and weighed in on the White House's decision to shut out a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden event this week.

"This is a normal occurrence and it [was] also our only chance to ask President Trump questions that day".

Collins was working as the press pool reporter on Wednesday and asking several questions as the press are ushered out of the room is common for the network reporter representing the pool.

Sanders said the White House made clear that other CNN journalists were invited to the next event, just not Collins.

"CNN maintains", Smith responded, "the Correspondents' Association agrees, and we at Fox News observed, that Collins was civil". "When you ask her if we ever used the word ban, then I will answer that question", he responded. In September 2016, he recorded a conversation between himself and the President in which they discussed a payment to silence a former playmate named Karen McDougal from speaking about her relationship with Trump.

Fox News host Shepard Smith called out his "personal friend" and former Fox News executive Bill Shine for barring a CNN reporter from a White House event on Wednesday.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on CNN when the news was announced, said, "This kind of, really, violation of a reporter's rights is an offense against the First Amendment interests of all of us".

CNN condemned the ban as "retaliatory" and "not indicative of an open and free press". "Such rhetoric and actions from the President and the White House that seemingly occur simply because they do not like the questions and the coverage they are getting undermine the very essence of our democratic society", the group said.

"To address the thing about how Collins "refused" to leave the session upon request: Such a "refusal" could well be attributed to just about any pool representative who has filed into an Oval Office meeting, "wrote media critic Erik Wemple at the Washington Post". Collins, a member of the core team of reporters covering the president that day, was told her questions were "inappropriate", even though other reporters said she was behaving in accord with the usual norms.

"In the event I make a mistake, I tell you and correct it in a timely and appropriate manner", Smith said. And while he didn't go after Dobbs on Twitter like Colbert hoped he would, Tapper did call out Dobbs' hypocrisy over his reaction to President Barack Obama's treatment of conservative reporters.

Fox News' chief political anchor Bret Baier defended Collins on-air and in a series of tweets Wednesday.

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