The White House is in damage control today as news leaks out that the Trump administration has been holding secret press briefings with select friendly outlets, to avoid the critical oversight of respected news organisations such as CNN, the New York Times and NT News.
Critics have described the move as “an unprecedented departure from protocol” painting the intentional snubbing as “an attack on freedom, accountability, and people who like to keep up to speed with the latest developments in crocodile news.”
Despite moves to quell the outrage by White House staff, who claim they simply forgot to CC NT News into the latest round of invites, the Chaser can exclusively reveal that this is actually a deep and systematic bias, with no White House administrations having invited the Northern Territory’s masthead of note to a press briefing since Ronald Regan left office in 1989.
“Frankly we’re shocked by these latest actions by the White House,” said NT News editor and janitor Nick Dundee in an interview this morning. “Almost as shocked as local Darwin residents were when they awoke this morning to discover their local shopping mall carpark had been overtaken by a three metre croc.”
The White House has since apologized for the oversight, pledging to provide NT News, the Manly Daily, and the Moonee Valley Weekly with full unvetted access to all future White House briefings.