White House blocks certain reporters from recent 'UFO' shoot-down briefing

 February 17, 2023

It shouldn't come as a surprise at this point, but the White House is playing extremely dirty with reporters, especially reporters who happen to work for outlets that do not match the politics of the current administration. 

The most recent example of the White House moving the goalposts at the last minute, according to the Daily Caller, was this week when the president finally addressed -- sort of -- the unidentified "aerial objects" shot down by the U.S. military in the wake of the downing of the Chinese spy balloon.

The Daily Caller, the New York Post, and a correspondent from Fox News Radio were all led out of the briefing room at the last minute, though the Post reporter, Steven Nelson, refused and was eventually allowed to stay.

The dust-up revolved around an ongoing issue in which the White House demands only "pre-credentialed" reporters allowed to attend some of the briefings, even though plenty of room exists for all reporters wanting to attend.

What's going on?

The Daily Caller noted:

Biden’s remarks were scheduled for 2:00 p.m., and reporters were notified less than an hour before that they would need a “pre-credentialed” pass to attend the press conference. Biden’s team walked the press over to the South Court Auditorium, where the remarks were to be delivered, at approximately 1:50 p.m.

White House staff then demanded to see the "pre-credentialed" reporters email that they would have received, saying that only they could attend because there wasn't enough room.

That was a lie, as multiple reporters from the press corps indicated that plenty of room existed for every journalist who wanted to attend.

Even though some 23 seats were available, the White House demanded that the reporters "comply" with the rules.

DC added:

The email indicating who had been “pre-credentialed” had been sent out while reporters were being escorted to the auditorium, and a handful of reporters were asked to leave and wait in the hallway until they could be escorted back to the White House.

Certain White House staffers were not at all interested in having reporters in the room who might ask questions too tough for the cognitively-challenged, elderly president to properly respond to.

Didn't matter, really

Biden, who gave little to no details on the unidentified objects other than to suggest that they might have belonged to private companies or groups, refused to take questions after his quick presser.

The Post's Nelson was able to shout a last-minute question that seemingly ticked off the old president before he stormed out of the room.

"Is your ability to deal with China compromised by your family’s business relations in China?" Nelson asked.

Biden's response was everything you would expect at this point. "Give me a break, man," Biden responded, before walking away.

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