Charles Hurt: Obama Would ‘Routinely’ Keep Reporters Out of Gaggles


Washington Times editor Charles Hurt said Sunday on "Fox & Friends" that President Obama would "routinely" kick reporters out of press gaggles.

"I remember a column that I wrote in 2008 that got me kicked off the President Obama's campaign plane," Hurt said. "We would routinely get kept out of those gaggles in the White House. It was not a big deal."

"I will tell you, the New York Times never mounted the ramparts to defend the First Amendment when that happened," hurt continued. "The only time that they care about the First Amendment is suddenly when they get left out of something like this. It really is sort of obnoxious."

Hurt went on to say that the First Amendment applies to both the press and political figures.

"Places like the New York Times seem to forget that and think that it only applies to the New York Times," he said.

Several major publications such as Politico, CNN, and the New York Times were left out of an unofficial press gathering at the White House on Friday, angering some in the media.

Alyssa Canobbio   Email | Full Bio | RSS
Alyssa Canobbio is the War Room Director for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she worked as a Communications Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. Alyssa is originally from New Jersey and lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys sailing, craft beer, and watching the Steelers and the Phillies. Her Twitter handle is @AlyssaEinDC. She can be reached at

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