State Department bars press corps from Pompeo briefing unless they work for “faith-based media,” won't release list of attendees or transcript
The afternoon phone briefing was to discuss international freedom with the secretary -- who rarely participates in such calls -- to discuss "international religious freedom" ahead of his trip to the Middle East. One member of the State Department press corps was invited, only to be un-invited after RSVPing. That reporter was told that the call was for "faith-based media only."
Despite repeated inquires and complaints from members of the press corps who are based at the department, the State Department on Monday night said they would not be providing a transcript of the call, a list of faith-based media outlets who were allowed to participate or the criteria to be invited.
Officials would not answer questions about whether a range of faiths was included.