I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
The president offered no explanation for the decision, but it's not hard to chance a few guesses for his reasoning. Among the possibilities: Read more...More about Donald Trump, Business, Media, and Politics'>
In lieu of a daily press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer with reporters, hand-selecting which media organizations had the privilege of attending. CNN, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, the Los Angeles Times and Politico were denied access, prompting a flurry of confusion and outrage.
While reporters from the Associated Press and Time reportedly boycotted the meeting, the media outlets banned found an unexpected but increasingly vocal ally: Fox News' Shep Smith.Fake News, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump, Politics, and Watercooler'>