Obama did it too–and thank you for pointing that out–doesn’t make it OK for Trump to do it. The law applies equally to everybody. Obama did a lot of things I strongly disagree with. If we really want to get past partisanship, please don’t default to that.
I guess the question is–independent of preferences–on what condition is revoking access or quieting certain news outlets acceptable, what constitutes objective journalism vs. hate speech, etc. If media outlets are intentionally misleading the public and miseducating them, have a demonstrable history of lying or distorting facts, conflicts of interest, peddling hate speech in a malicious fashion etc, that’s a different story.
If reporters are making inquiries in good faith to gather the truth about a story and get banned that’s not ok. Excluding, say, fraud scientists that intentionally rehash climate disinformation to mislead the public is a different case.
Comparing Trump to Obama is the game of political football we’re trying to avoid, but if we have to compare…Trump’s attacks are far greater in scope, and his motive for banning reporters is to prevent journalists that might hold him accountable for suspected criminal behavior. Obama had the country’s interests in mind, Trump is abusing his power of office for personal reasons. Not the same.