Trump administration bars credentialed reporters from special conference call – and allows ‘faith-based media only’: report
US President Donald Trump (right) alongside his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner during a meeting at the White House, February 23, 2017. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb).

The U.S. State Department is holding a special conference call but has barred reporters who regularly cover the State Dept. from the call and instead is allowing only "faith-based media" reporters.

CNN Senior Diplomatic Correspondent covering the State Department, Michelle Kosinski was the first to report the breach in regular norms some are questioning as a possible violation of the First Amendment.

CNN took the White House to court after its Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta was banned, without even a discussion, by the White House press office for asking too many questions. First Amendment experts took the White House to task then too. Acosta was reinstated and the White House instituted new rules making it easier to ban reporters, but since there are rarely press conferences anymore the new rules have yet to be thoroughly tested.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about "the Rapture" when he was CIA Director in public settings, and views politics as a "struggle" mankind must endure until the Rapture comes.


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