Labour has compared such tactics to those employed by the Trump administration, which has regularly barred reporters from attending briefings at the White House.
Gove, as a former journalist, was asked by 5 Live's Nicky Campbell what he would have done in that situation where he still working in the industry.
In reply, the cabinet minister said:
Well, I wasn't so I don't want to...
Campbell wasn't having any of that and cut Gove off to say:
That's not good enough.
I'll give you a quote from 1980 where you backed the 'bedraggled and noble trade because journalism was the pursuit of truth. Without truth, democracy dies in darkness. I love and admire journalism. Much like nappies, politicians have to be changed often and generally for the same reason.'
Let me ask you the question and give me an honest answer because you are a journalist and no doubt, one day, you will be a journalist again.
Would you have joined your colleagues and walked or would you and Mrs Gove have been the only two there, like Mr and Mrs?
Gove then gave a very safe answer:
I wasn't in the room at the time so I won't pass judgment until, of course, I've heard from all the people who were.
Campbell then reiterated Gove's passion for journalism with the Tory debating the date of the previous quote as he was 13 in 1980. Campbell then clarified that the quote was attributed to Gove as being from the 1980s, which Campbell called an 'excellent swerve.'
Gove then went on to accuse Gove of being sexist for bringing his wife, who is a journalist, into the issue before essentially repeating his previous statement.
Journalists boycotted a planned Downing Street briefing yesterday, after after one of Boris Johnson’s communication… https://t.co/4uKSJGzuV1
Gove then faced an almost identical question on Kay Burley's show on Sky News where he insisted that he was happy to talk about any other subject and did another great job of dodging the question but did tell a story about how he did stand with his peers when he was a student journalist.
Michael Gove tells @KayBurley @ Breakfast that in the past he has stood in solidarity with other journalists on a p… https://t.co/0iMjrg60dL
Gove, who was clearly doing the media rounds on Tuesday, was conspicuous from Good Morning Britain something that Piers Morgan wasn't happy about and laid into not just Gove but other members of the cabinet.
Our @piersmorgan is urging Cabinet ministers to come on GMB to face tough interviews saying they should not 'hide a… https://t.co/HuOKJche0p
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Either way, people were not impressed with Gove's answers on the issue.
Gove: Ultimately the key thing is, are politicians accountable? Yes.
Burley: So what happened then?
Gove: I don't… https://t.co/ZBt2brXcH0