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Josh Earnest: ‘Not Unusual’ For Me to Call on Breitbart’s ‘Respectful’ White House Reporter

In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated that it would be against the spirit of the daily press briefing to kick out specific media outlets due to ideology or partisanship.

In response to a question on whether he was worried the incoming Trump administration would block outlets they didn’t like, Earnest answered: “I hope not.” He was then pressed over his own complaints about Fox News over the years.

However, he just couldn’t see “booting” Fox News or Breitbart from the room, despite his disagreements with the coverage. Earnest went on to compliment the reporter Breitbart’s assigned to the White House briefing.

“It’s not unusual for me to call on the Breitbart reporter who attends the White House briefing,” Earnest told Stelter. “The gentleman who typically represents them here on a daily basis is somebody who is respectful of that process, asks tough questions and gets answers from the White House Press Secretary.”

He also said the same thing applies to Fox News.

Recently, there have been concerns that Donald Trump’s administration could ban news organizations and reporters from covering him. We already saw such instances during the campaign, with multiple outlets denied press credentials to rallies and events. Also, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has hinted the daily press briefings may need to go away. Meanwhile, Trump hasn’t held a press conference since late July.

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