In a seeming reversal, the Donald Trump campaign relented Wednesday and allowed reporters from several blacklisted outlets cover his speech from the press area.
“Shortly before 10:30 a.m., security officials at the Trump Soho hotel in Manhattan stopped a group of journalists from outlets including BuzzFeed News, Gawker, Rolling Stone, Slate, the Boston Globe, and Snapchat, telling them they couldn’t enter the event,” Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins reported. “In some cases, as with BuzzFeed News, the journalists had applied for a press credential for the event and been denied.”
But as security led them away, Trump press secretary Hope Hicks intervened. “Hicks said she would try to find space for the reporters, and disappeared. Minutes later, security officials were told to let them in,” Coppins reported.
The move comes the day after a CNN poll found that a large majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s habit of blacklisting news outlets, most recently The Washington Post. 71% of those polled say the Republican presumptive nominee’s decision to deny press access to news organizations based on the way they cover his campaign is inappropriate.
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