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NYT's Maggie Haberman Off — Then On? — White House Press List

NYT's Maggie Haberman Off — Then On? — White House Press List

 Maggie Haberman (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:44 PM

Maggie Haberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times since 2015, tweeted Saturday that she had been removed from the White House press list, though it appears she may have since been reinstated.

Here is her initial tweet:

Haberman, 43, has covered the White House for Politico and has been a CNN political analyst since 2014. She also has worked for the New York Daily News.

A New York City native, Haberman is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter Clyde Haberman, who is now a professor at Hunter College in Manhattan.

Two hours later, Haberman tweeted what appeared to indicate she is back in:

Trump has consistently battled with the press since he began his presidential bid in June 2015 — banning The Washington Post from his campaign — and most recently slamming CNN as "fake news" after it reported that a dossier of unsubstantiated information about Trump's dealings with Russia had been presented to former President Barack Obama in a classified document about Moscow's hacking activities during the election.

The Times has not yet publicaly responded to the administration's action. Trump administration officials could not be reached for comment.

Last month, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee who had been tapped as Trump's chief of staff, suggested that major changes would be coming to the press corps regarding briefings once the Republican entered the White House.

"I think that many things have to change — and I think that it's important that we look at all of those traditions that are great, but quite frankly, as you know, don't really make news," Priebus told conservative radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt.

"Even looking at things like the daily White House briefing from the press secretary, there's a lot of different ways that things can be done, and I can assure you we're looking at that.

"The point of all of this conversation is that the traditions, while some of them are great, I think it's time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House," Priebus continued, "and I can assure you that change is going to happen, even on things that might seem boring like this topic, but also change as far as how we're going to approach tax reform, the American worker, how we protect them and business all at the same time why skyrocketing our economy."

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks was queried then by CNN about any possible changes and whether they might cause a chilling effect among journalists covering the administration.

"Chilling effect?" Hicks asked in an email. "How do you know these are not positive changes that will delight the press?"

Haberman's initial post set off a Twitter storm:

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Maggie Haberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times since 2015, tweeted Saturday that she had been removed from the White House press list, though it appears she may have since been reinstated.Here is her initial tweet:The WH press list that I've been on for 8...
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