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White House denies threat to Chron reporter

The Politico says the White House is denying that it threatened to exclude the Chronicle from presidential events in its coverage area after one of its reporters recorded a video of singing protesters at a fundraiser last week that was restricted to print reporters.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told the Politico today that the Chronicle’s claims are “not true,” and that no such threat was ever made, but he wouldn’t provide further details.

Because the White House chooses the local media outlets that are included in the “pool” during out-of-town trips, the White House Correspondents Association’s authority to police the actions of local media has been a murky subject.

Still, the association’s president, David Jackson, told the Politico that the board would take up the issue with the White House next week and would seek to clarify the rules governing “print pool only” events — after the long-awaited White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday.

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