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6:55 PM ET, February 24, 2017


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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
CNN, Politico, NYT, BuzzFeed, and others blocked from gaggle with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer; AP and Time declined to attend  —  Several news organizations boycotted the White House press gaggle this afternoon after the White House excluded CNN and other outlets from attending.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in December that press access to government is what separates democracy from dictatorship  —  This post has been updated.  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday.
Sources: the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Trump's associates and Russians  —  FBI refused WH request on Trump-Russia stories  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bloomberg cancels its afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner; Bloomberg's co-host Vanity Fair had earlier pulled out  —  Bloomberg L.P., host of the premier afterparty for the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, will not host an event this year, Axios has learned.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: CNN is considering sitting out this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29  —  The cable network, which Donald Trump has repeatedly called “fake news,” is discussing internally about whether to attend the annual star-studded dinner, sources say.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Interviews around the US reveal that Americans of varying political affiliations believe Trump's characterization of the media as “enemy” went too far  —  Biased?  Probably.  Oppositional?  Maybe.  Essential?  In theory.  But the enemy?  Not so much.
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
In CPAC speech, Donald Trump says not all media, just “fake news media”, is the enemy of American people, decries leaks, claims reporters make up sources, more  —  In his speech at CPAC this morning, President Donald Trump took aim at the media once again, decrying leaks …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
While seeking press credentials, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov says Bannon resigned by phone, reveals site's owners: Susie Breitbart, Mercer family, and himself  —  Breitbart CEO Larry Solov on Friday met with the standing committee of the U.S. Senate Press Gallery — which is made up of five reporters …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How The New York Times' confidential tips page works: 50-100 tips per day, about half possibly newsworthy and distributed right away while protecting identity  —  Having worked for The Guardian team that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the Edward Snowden stories, Gabriel Dance knows the importance of anonymous tips.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
On Monday, Dan Abrams will debut a new online video channel that expands on LawNewz with live coverage of trials and other court hearings  —  It's Court TV meets Cheddar TV with the coming trials of Aaron Hernandez and War Machine on tap.  —  Dan Abrams, ABC News' chief legal analyst …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
The Associated Press sues Laura Ingraham's website LifeZette, seeking $49K+ for unpaid content licensing fees  —  The Associated Press filed a lawsuit against LifeZette, the Laura Ingraham-helmed website, seeking more than $49,000 in allegedly unpaid licensing fees, penalties, and interest.
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