Some conservative media figures invited to an exclusive event with President Trump Monday night left the White House frustrated and complaining that Trump’s staff had intentionally sought to limit what they could report out of the meeting.
The White House invitation to about 30 conservative reporters, editors and radio personalities was originally billed as a background briefing with the president, meaning that they couldn’t attribute quotes to individual sources in the room.
The gathering was instead meant to show the White House’s appreciation for outlets it believes are routinely ignored or marginalized by the mainstream press.
Representatives from Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, The Daily Caller and radio voices like Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and the White House communications team.
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