According to a report from the outlet, Vice President Pence’s office has barred members of the coronavirus task force from appearing on CNN for the past week.
The Hill Reported that the contention appears to stem from CNN not carrying portions of the daily White House coronavirus task force briefings, including some question and answer sessions with top medical members including Anthony Fauci, an epidemiologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Deborah Birx, a physician coordinating the White House response to the virus.
“When you guys cover the briefings with the health officials then you can expect them back on your air,” a Pence spokesperson told CNN.
Over the past week, the White House has made other top officials available to CNN, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper on “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper and trade adviser Peter Navarro on “Anderson Cooper 360” and “New Day.”
“The task force and the White House are extremely proud of the multifaceted media strategy that is being run to not only to traditional network news channels, but also non-traditional mediums like podcasts, Instagram and Facebook Live, and other speciality and targeted media outreach,” a White House spokesperson told The Hill.
“This has allowed us to go directly where the viewer and listeners are, and to provide updates on the the efforts to combat the coronavirus,” the spokesperson added.
BREAKING: Vice President Pence has barred Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx from appearing on CNN,
Because CNN refuses to air the daily White House press briefings.
Good move. They shouldn’t get any viewership if they refuse to air critical information.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 9, 2020