CNN's Acosta receives GOP pushback over claim he was blocked at last second from Trump border briefing

TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a ‘poolcoverage event. しかしながら, in addition to pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event,” Acosta tweeted.

A pool event refers to a media availability where a select group of outlets are allowed into an event and then disseminate any news to the wider group of outlets providing coverage.

Acosta’s claim, which was shared by Politico’s Olivia Beavers, was quickly shot down by the Republican Governors Association’s Joanna Rodriguez. She tweeted out a June 24 media release from Abbott’s office that warned due to capacity limits, “pooling may be required for the border security briefing.” 火曜日に, Abbott’s office announced the security briefing would be pooled.

Beavers had responded to Acosta that she wasalso excludedand receivedno heads-up beforehand that this was the set-up.But she later wrote, “Saw after sending this tweet that Abbott’s office did send out an advisory notifying us less than 24 hours beforehand that this event would be pooled by outlets that the governor’s office picked. No explanation why or how they were picked.She wound up deleting her earlier claim of being excluded without notice.

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A reporter with NBC’s Austin affiliate also responded to Acosta and relayed an Abbott spokeswoman said the additional media outlets being allowed inwere pre-approved,” many of them local Texas stations.

GOP spokesman Jesse Hunt said Acosta wasn’t aserious reporterand noted the outlets pooling the event included non-conservative ones like the Associated Press, Univision, and CBS News.

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Acosta and Beavers didn’t reply to requests for comment.

Trump appeared at the border with Abbott to be briefed on the migrant border crisis, for which he blasted President Biden’s immigration policies.

Acosta, now the network’s chief domestic correspondent, became famous during the Trump era for his mutually antagonistic relationship with the White House. He often editorialized and was more likely to break news about himself than gather scoops, which drew criticism even from fellow mainstream media 同僚.

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Acosta’s heavy-handed moments included proclaiming all correspondents should chantWe are not the enemy of the peopleat the White House and scolding Kim Kardashian West for visiting Trump to discuss criminal justice reform.

Following the briefing, all outlets were on hand for Trump and Abbott’s border visit. Acosta got in one of his patented shouted, unanswered questions, wondering if he would offer an apology for the Jan. 6 国会議事堂の暴動. The conservative crowd booed, and Acosta’s work was done.

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