When President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence swore in Jeff Sessions as the attorney general today in the Oval Office, the Trump administration forced news networks to use the government’s TV feed to cover the event.
While the press pool was allowed into the room, it was allowed only to tape the proceedings, as noted by The Huffington Post’s Ethan Klapper.
WHCA should lodge a complaint about the Sessions swearing-in being live only via https://t.co/wy34JBiveg. Pool is there but tape only.
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) February 9, 2017
The Trump camp has repeatedly blacklisted journalists, both before and after Trump took office. Over 300,000 Americans have signed Media Matters’ petition urging the White House Correspondents Association to stand up to Trump’s blacklist.