White House Will No Longer Send Officials on the Air on CNN: Report

Kellyanne Conway (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Kellyanne Conway (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The White House is reportedly giving CNN the cold shoulder and will no longer send spokespeople or surrogates on the air with the network, freezing it out from on-air administration voices, Politico reports.


“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” a White House official told the news agency, though adding that the freeze isn’t permanent.

However, a CNN reporter also spoke to Politico and told the organization that the White House is attempting to punish the network, which Trump has labeled “fake news.”


“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.

Politico noted that there have been no administration officials on CNN since Jan. 11, when senior counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared with Anderson Cooper.

While speaking at an event at George Washington University on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that CNN was being obstructed, saying that he has been answering the network’s questions at the daily briefings. However, he added, “I’m not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right.”

Read more at Politico.

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Edfonzo Algardo

This is a great opportunity for CNN to recapture its former status as a place where quality journalism is done. Get rid of the talking heads and go out and interview people. Do three hours a day on what it’s like to be a marginalized person in Trump’s America. Talk to political scientists about the repercussions of policy.

CNN can be remembered as a failure or as a great institution that had a rough patch during the Bush & Obama years. They can decide now which legacy it’s going to be.