An incensed President-Elect Donald Trump has asked the First Amendment gurus on his legal team if it is permissible to expel or restrict CNN and BuzzFeed News personnel from White House press corps, a transition insider told True Pundit.
At a raucous press conference Wednesday Trump warned BuzzFeed and CNN “would suffer the consequences” for publishing “fake news” about him, though he did not elaborate.
Trump first floated the inquiry of punishing the news organizations Tuesday evening in private conversations with legal and communication experts on his transition team. Those discussions included possibly stripping CNN and BuzzFeed of White-House credentials.
Trump officials believe the White House could legally remove CNN’s designated seat in the White House press room and BuzzFeed’s partial seat it shares with another organization, the insider said. This would be done by first revoking separate White House press credentials which are administered by the president’s administration — namely incoming press secretary Sean Spicer — and not the White House Correspondents’ Association. The reason? Intentionally publicizing and spreading bogus news, a violation of White House press corps tenets.
On Tuesday, BuzzFeed and CNN published and broadcasted a phony 30-plus page dossier about Trump that was reportedly compiled by a retired British Intelligence agent. Instead, it appears the report was fabricated as a prank by members of the alternative web site 4Chan and then shopped to media outlets in an attempt to trick the mainstream media. It worked. The content of the “report” ranges from the completely ridiculous to absolute obscene, highlighting the twisted minds of the alleged journalists who got played.
On Wednesday both Trump and Spicer separately attacked both “news” entities for reporting fake news. Trump called a CNN reporter “fake news” during a heated exchange as well.