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White House Media Ejection Not ‘Unprecedented,’ Despite CNN Report

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The White House press pool rallied in support for Kaitlan Collins, the CNN reporter ejected from Wednesday’s White House presser, but little was said about ejections by past administrations.

Fox News anchor Bret Bair took up for his competing network, reading a prepared statement on air:

“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked. This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better. As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access.”

In a controversial move, Collins was prohibited from attending a Rose Garden press conference after reportedly asking inappropriate questions earlier in the day.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported the removal of his colleague as an “unprecedented move,” but that may not be an accurate depiction.

Popular Twitter personality “Rosie Perpetually Potentially Sensitive” posted several references to media ejections that happened during the Obama administration. “[In] 2012 @politico called interrupting the President a ‘surprising breach of etiquette’ and later the reporter from @DailyCaller was ‘urged’ to and DID apologize to then President Obama,” she wrote in one tweet.

In another tweet, Rosie recalls Secret Service hauling a female reporter away for asking unwanted questions. “Here’s a Female, African American reporter with White House Press credentials being carried away by Secret Service in 2009 for attempting to ask President Obama to protect “traditional marriage,” she wrote.

A 2014 article in the left-leaning Huffington Post details the entire media pool being locked out of a meeting. “White House reporters were barred from a meeting between President Obama and donors for the Democratic House Majority PAC on Wednesday,” HuffPo reported. “Upon arrival, the media were reportedly left behind and prohibited from getting near the event.”

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E. Brian Rose is the founder of Top Conservative and host of The EBR Show, a live call-in program syndicated on various sites across the Internet. He is a combat Veteran of the Somalia and Bosnia conflicts, best selling author, and former Republican candidate for U.S Congress.

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