Executives from ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News and CNN spoke on Monday to compile a list of demands they will make to Donald Trump’s campaign in response to continued efforts to restrict the press.
On a call, senior representatives of the five major news networks discussed recent restrictive actions taken by the GOP presidential candidate’s campaign and how they should respond. It’s not clear what demands were formed by the group of network honchos.
Last week, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski threatened to blacklist CNN reporter Noah Gray for straying away from the designated “pen” for journalists.
At another event in South Carolina on Friday, reporters clashed with Lewandowski and campaign press secretary Hope Hicks, who threatened to pull the credentials of reporters who were trying to interview Trump supporters before a rally.
Political campaigns trying to restrict reporters to zoned off areas at events is nothing new, particularly during presidential campaigns.
But Trump’s campaign has been unusually restrictive by trying to block reporters from conducting interviews before events.
Trump has also made an adversarial relationship with the press one of the tenets of his campaign, tossing Univision’s Jorge Ramos out of a press conference in August.
The Donald has had a pretty thin skin when it comes to the media, getting into various Twitter spats with Politico, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, among others.
None of the networks who spoke today immediately responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.