The White House ruffled feathers on Wednesday when they (quite rightfully) punished a CNN reporter by barring her from a Rose Garden event with President Trump and the EU Commission president. Correspondent Kaitlan Collins was reprimanded and denied access to the event after making a fool of herself earlier in the day. While reporters were being asked to hold their questions and leave the room, Collins – clearly a disciple of CNN’s #1 Clown, Jim Acosta – began blurting questions that did nothing other than promote her network’s exclusive story on the new Michael Cohen tape.
“Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President,” Cohen yelled. “Mr. President, did Michael Cohen betray you? Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?”
Not satisfied with kicking that horse, Collins turned to CNN’s favorite subject.
“Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation?” she asked. “Why has Vladimir Putin not accepted your invitation, Mr. President? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?”
We support the free press and we believe that White House reporters should have the right to question the president on matters of American public interest with no strings attached, but this was a woman asking unhinged, nonsensical questions in an effort to get her name and her network some free publicity. This is not serious journalism by any stretch of the imagination. A five-year-old #Resistance warrior could come up with better questions than these.
CNN, naturally, came to their clown’s defense.
“Today, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins was denied access to cover an open press event at The White House,” the network said in a statement. “After posing questions to President Trump earlier in the day as the network pool reporter, Collins was told by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders that her questions were ‘inappropriate.’ They were not. Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked.”
What CNN fails to acknowledge in their statement is that Shine and Sanders informed CNN that any one of their other journalists would be welcome at the Rose Garden press conference, so there was certainly no damage done to the free and fair press. Well, not through any action on the president’s part.
As for Collins and CNN, they damage the profession of journalism and the strength of the free press every single day with their constant buffoonery. President Trump, at this point, would be well within his rights to bar CNN, as a whole, from the White House grounds. It’s not about the network reporting poorly or unfairly on this administration (though they do both) or even about the network having a single-minded bias against President Trump (though they do). It’s about CNN turning themselves into a proud wing of the Anti-Trump movement. With Acosta carrying the lead spear, they have positioned the network as an actual NEMESIS of the president, and they use all of their White House TV time to further this idiotic feud.
President Trump should respect, permit, and encourage serious White House journalism.
He is not, however, under any obligation to allow pranksters, fools, and entertainment networks to bring their clown show into official White House events. When CNN returns to something resembling responsible journalism, we’ll take their complaints seriously. Until then, you reap what you sow.