Posted on 9/16/2016, 1:32:59 PM by maggief
Reporters bristled at their treatment during Donald Trump’s campaign event Friday, where the GOP presidential nominee only briefly addressed his past skepticism of President Obama’s birthplace and abruptly left without taking any questions.
Trump then barred reporters from joining a tour of his new hotel, which prompted the pooled television reporters to erase their video from the tour, according to multiple reporters.
“As the designated pool producer; attempted to go on pooled tour, as is customary. Was physically restrained from accompanying the camera,” ABC News journalist Candace Smith tweeted. “Blocked is perhaps the better term. Tried to go through the door, was gently pushed back as door was closed. But that is all irrelevant. The fact is Trump did not allow the official pool to go with him, successfully avoiding any questions.”
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell defended the decision to delete the footage of the tour in her own Twitter post.
“We have obligation to cover the Republican nominee when he is in public but that may not mean images of his hotel tour must be disseminated,” she said.
Television anchors laid into Trump on Friday. News networks carried the event in full under the impression he would expand on his past “birther” claims and take questions.
But instead, Trump made only the brief remarks, spending the vast majority of the event honoring Medal of Honor winners and veterans there supporting Trump and lauding his new hotel just a stone’s throw away from the White House.
“We got played again by the Trump campaign, which is what they do,” CNN’s John King said, making clear that he did not mean to disrespect the service members being honored at Trump’s hotel
“He got a live event broadcast for some 20 minutes.”
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Source: Press enraged over Trump