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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Barbershop at Happy Hour -- sad!

White House bars major news outlets from gaggle: image via AP Images @AP_Images, 24 February 2016

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing: AP Top News, 24 February 2017

News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after White House press secretary Sean Spicer restricted the number of journalists included. Typically, the daily briefing is televised and open to all news organizations credentialed to cover the White House.

"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible," Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement.

On Friday, hours after President Donald Trump delivered a speech blasting the media, Spicer invited only a pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps. He also invited several other major news outlets, as well as smaller organizations including the conservative Washington Times, One America News Network and Breitbart News, whose former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is Trump's chief strategist. When the additional news organizations attempted to gain access, they weren't allowed to enter.

The White House said it felt "everyone was represented" by those in the pool and the invited organizations.

"We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

When asked by a reporter attending whether he was playing favorites, Spicer said the White House had "shown an abundance of accessibility," according to an audio recording of the briefing later circulated by the pool.

The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, Hearst Newspapers and CBS Radio. Others in the briefing were Fox, NBC and ABC. Bloomberg reported that its reporter was unaware of the exclusions until after the briefing.

John Roberts, Fox's chief White House correspondent, told anchor Shepard Smith on the air Friday that Fox supports complaints being filed by the White House Correspondents Association and pool TV networks.

"You can speculate, Shep, that there might be some extenuating circumstances as to why those people were not invited, we're going to look into that further...." Roberts said.
In a statement, the correspondent association's president, Jeff Mason, said the group was "protesting strongly" against how the briefing was handled by the White House.

CBS News said in a statement that it was the pool's radio and TV outlet Friday.

"We recorded audio of this event and quickly shared it out of an obligation to protect the interests of all pool members," the news division said.

When Spicer was asked by a reporter at the briefing whether he was playing favorites, he said he "disagreed with the premise of the question," according to the audio.

"We've brought more reporters into this process. And the idea that every time that every single person can't get their question answered or fit in a room that we're excluding people. We've actually gone above and beyond with making ourselves, our team, and our briefing room more accessible than probably any prior administration. And so I think you can take that to the bank.

"We do what we can to accommodate the press. I think we've gone above and beyond when it comes to accessibility, and openness and getting folks — our officials, our team."

During a panel discussion last December, Spicer said that open access for the media is "what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship."

Reaction to Friday's events from the barred outlets and others was swift.

Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, called the newspaper's exclusion "unfortunate."

"The public has a right to know, and that means being informed by a variety of news sources, not just those filtered by the White House press office in hopes of getting friendly coverage," Maharaj said in a statement. "Regardless of access, the Times will continue to report on the Trump administration without fear or favor."

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said that "nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."

CNN's Jake Tapper took aim at the White House as he kicked off "The Lead with Jake Tapper" hours after the briefing.

"A White House that has had some difficulty telling the truth and that has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic competent functioning of government, and a president who seems particularly averse to any criticism and has called the press the enemies of the American people — they're taking the next step in attempting to avoid checks and balances and accountability.

"It's not acceptable. In fact, it's petulant, and indicative of a lack of basic understanding of how an adult White House functions," Tapper said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists also condemned the move by the White House.

"We are concerned by the decision to bar reporters from a press secretary briefing," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement. "The U.S. should be promoting press freedom and access to information."


Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with a member of the media after White House press secretary Sean Spicer met with reporters at the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017: photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP, 22 February 2017
Today the White House is handpicking the news outlets they're allowing into the gaggle with @PressSec. CNN was blocked from attending.: tweet via Sara Murray @SaraMurray, 23 February 2017

Trump on news media at CPAC: "They are the enemy of the people."
: tweet via Jim Acosta @Acosta, 24 February 2017

After calling media "enemy of the people" Trump says a few moments later: "I'm not against the media. I'm not against the press."
: tweet via Jim Acosta @Acosta, 24 February 2017

TRUMP: "The dishonest media will say he never got a standing ovation, you know why?, bc everybody stood and nobody sat."
: tweet via Jim Acosta @Acosta, 24 February 2017

We are real news Mr. President. #realnews: tweet via Jim Acosta @Acosta, 17 February 2017

Serbia Migrants Daily Life

An Afghan refugee man gives a haircut to a friend in an abandoned warehouse where they have taken refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders.: photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP, 22 February 2017

 Untitled | by Md. Imam Hasan

[Dhaka]: photo by Muhammad Imam Hasan, 13 February 2017

So We Turned Round And Drove All the Way Home
the Burma

Shave signs
from the back seat, from Iowa
on east, running

the numbers
of out of state
license plates

through the exoterica 
filter. In that car
the back seat was the family gaggle.

The gaggle in that/
any town USA back
then, was the local barbershop,

where a kid with big ears learnt
the adult

There were many
barbershops, even one to every urban
neighborhood, so that

it was just
round the corner
near Madison Street

where I learnt
what happened in
the cigar factories

of Havana, a faraway city
where I could never go.
"They played Don Quijote

and over
on a loudspeaker

as we
rolled. I still know
that whole book by heart!"

An immigrant, though I only
say that
now.  Then I thought

tall elegant barber
with mysterious
sense of humor.

On the window a sign
I passed very day yet could not figure

for a long time

My grandfather

was a always a big enjoyer
of the barber shop gaggle.

larger down town barber
shop, for him.  When I was ten
we drove 2500 miles

and waited in the car
while he went in to a barbershop
in boiling Hemet

and came out steaming
having picked up from the gaggle
the news his old pal H

whom he'd driven all that way
to see
had become a Mason. 

A gentle man, but the challenge
of the alien -- another recollection, roadside
café in California

near Indio, where 
that bad

barbeque in the road
made everybody sick

and it was 110 degrees
in the non
existent shade -- the gas

station beyond, where anger over
the overcharge
of a dollar

caused him to refer
to the attendant as a

in speaking over the front seat
to my grandmother
and their daughter my aunt 

without taking his eyes off
the shimmering 
heat mirage highway

(... eavesdropping on the gaggle
... my continuing education).

Louise Rosskam | by Xoteroto

 Luis Rosskam, street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42 [Farm Security Administration Collection, Library of Congress]: image by Xoteroto, 27 June 2007

Main Street | by Patrick McConahay

After a photo taken by Luis Rosskam, circa 1942: photo by Patrick McConahay, 12 February 2012

Image, Source: hand-colored

Lars Wall barbershop, Milton, North Dakota. "April 1917, Bill Bell, Barber"--Back of hand-colored print.: photographer unknown; image via Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection, North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies

Lupe y Jose, 2102 S. Central Ave., LA, 1997

Lupe y Jose, Ramos Barbershop, 2102 S. Central Ave., LA: photo by Camilo J. Vergara, 1997 (Library of Congress)

Juan the barber cutting Marcos' hair, Alley W. of Juniper St., by 108th St., LA 

Juan the barber cutting Marcos' hair, Alley W. of Juniper St., by 108th St., LA : photo by Camilo J. Vergara, November 1996 (Library of Congress)

Barbershop (Bellflower, Ca.): photo by Michaelj1998, 11 April 2009

The House of God Spiritual Temple and New California Barbershop (Peralta Villa, Oakland): photo by efo, 13 May 2007

At the barber's - Mumbai, India | by Maciej Dakowicz

At the barber's. A lively barbershop in Colaba, Mumbai.
: photo by Maciej Dakowicz, 13 September 2016

At the barber's - Mumbai, India | by Maciej Dakowicz

At the barber's. A lively barbershop in Colaba, Mumbai.: photo by Maciej Dakowicz, 13 September 2016
At the barber's - Mumbai, India | by Maciej Dakowicz

At the barber's. A lively barbershop in Colaba, Mumbai.
: photo by Maciej Dakowicz, 13 September 2016

At Happy Hour

**** | by Rudy Boyer

: photo by Rudy Boyer, 13 December 2016

Untitled | by peerapat.palasaeng

[Untitled, Thailand]: photo by peerapat palaseng, 11 February 2017

Untitled | by peerapat.palasaeng

[Untitled, Thailand]: photo by peerapat palaseng, 11 February 2017

Untitled | by peerapat.palasaeng

[Untitled, Thailand]: photo by peerapat palaseng, 11 February 2017

Cats - Mumbai, India | by Maciej Dakowicz

Cats at the market in Colaba, Mumbai
: photo by Maciej Dakowicz, 5 September 2016

Happy Hour #4 | by Monty May (OBSERVE)

Happy Hour #4 [Nordernly, Niedersachen, Germany]: photo by Michael May, 16 April 2016

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