The left is enraged yet again for not getting their way. This time, they are citing free press arguments over a CNN reporter who was rightfully banned from a White House event following her ‘inappropriate’ conduct.
However, President Donald Trump was simply demanding respectful behavior in the White House which led to the reporter claiming that “it didn’t matter” if another CNN personnel took her place, as “she hadn’t planned to be there anyway.” While this is typical behavior from the left, it is still baffling that they continue to act in such a way yet expect to remain at civil functions.
When the meeting and associated questioning concluded, as was made abundantly clear by White House officials in beginning to usher out the reporters, Kaitlan Collins on behalf of President Trump’s favorite news station, CNN, felt it was an appropriate time to begin shouting unrelated questions at the commander in chief.
When that also failed to elicit a response, she changed the subject to the usual Russian concerns, asking, “Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President? Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation? Mr. President?”
White House staff repeatedly insisted that the meeting was over and that it was time to leave, yet Collins continued to shout louder than any of the reporters after the president had made it clear that it was not the time or place.
Following the incident, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed Collins that she was not permitted to attend “press availability in the Rose Garden later in the afternoon.”
Their reasoning understandably involved the fact that Collins had conducted herself inappropriately in the Oval Office.
However, Collins was subsequently told that another CNN reporter was welcome to take her place.
Allegedly, Collins indignantly responded that “it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway.”
The White House Correspondents Association, however, sided with CNN, calling White House officials’ decision to remove Collins ‘misguided.’
WHCA President Oliver Knox claimed that officials had banned Collins “from an open press event after she asked questions they did not like.”
Knox continued to defend “reporters asking questions of powerful government officials” saying that “This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak. It cannot stand.”
The leftist media continued that the move was a first amendment violation with CNN calling it “not indicative of a free and open press,” further implying that it was the nature of the questions which caused the president to ignore them and for Collins to be banned.
However, in the Oval Office footage, it is clearly seen that President Trump had already indicated no further questioning when Collins began her random badgering.
Even more importantly, the Trump administration is defending its actions on the grounds that it simply expects more respectful and professional behavior from its questioning reporters.
“To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House,” said Press Secretary Sanders following the incident.
While the left has continued that President Trump does not acknowledge CNN as a reputable source in calling it ‘fake news’ and claiming that he has previously “refused to answer” their questions, it was not clear if another CNN reporter followed through with Collins’ probe while attending the Rose Garden event in the afternoon, as they were welcome to.
Yet the incident and associated ban did not appear to have infringed on Collins’ right to free press, and again, she indicated that it “didn’t matter” anyway.
The focus has reasonably been shifted instead on how reporters and all in politics are expected to behave.
Lou Dobbs on behalf of Fox News, along with associated social media responses, cheered the move for rightfully putting a disrespectful reporter in her place and finally holding the left responsible for their immature outbursts.
At least under President Trump’s leadership, such conduct will neither be encouraged nor tolerated.
While CNN supporting democrats may claim that the American people deserve answers to the questions that Collins was demanding, President Trump is not the first nor last politician or official to deny reporters’ endless questions.
However, the incident which drew free press controversy also addressed another less talked about reporting policy: that there is a time and place for certain questions, and demanding difficult answers then and now is sometimes considered ‘inappropriate.’