WASHINGTON — The Council on American-Islamic Relations blocked a Daily Caller reporter from access to the group’s press conference Wednesday afternoon, accusing the outlet of being a “hate group.”
The noon press conference was scheduled to address Islamist attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya Tuesday night.
After a CAIR staffer reviewed the credentials of TheDC’s reporter, he handed the card to Ibrahim Hooper, the group’s communications director.
Hooper smirked and told the reporter, “The Daily Caller is not a news outlet, it is a hate group. You cannot come in.”
When pressed, Hooper again denied the reporter access to the press conference, but provided no basis for his accusation.
Reached via phone, Hooper again provided no explanation for the claim, saying only, “you’re not a news site, you’re an anti-Muslim hate site.”
“We have any number of press people. In fact, we often have press people who are highly critical, or ask tough questions,” Hooper went on. “But people who report for propagandist, anti-Muslim hate sites are not journalists.”