A reality check for Mr. Trump:
If you have a press conference, you have to let the press in to cover it. Otherwise, it’s not a press conference.
Blocking CNN, the New York Times, Politico and the Los Angeles Times from attending only serves to shred the thin slivers of credibility you have remaining. It gives the mainstream media permission to call you out for your totalitarian tendencies—or to not cover you at all. Oh, and don’t think it’s going to get in any serious reporter’s way of covering the event.
Here’s the New York Times article on this action, which cites a younger-and-wiser Sean Spicer last December:
In December, he told Politico that the Trump White House would never ban a news outlet. “Conservative, liberal or otherwise, I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship,” he said.