CNN, The New York Times, and several other news organizations were reportedly banned from the White House press briefing on Friday. Many veteran journalists are understandably outraged by the development because the move seemed to be in retaliation for stories that the Trump administration didn’t like.
The controversial gaggle was held in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s office. “This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House,” CNN said in a statement. On top of being unacceptable, the move by the White House may also be illegal and unconstitutional. It is one thing for the Trump campaign or even the DNC to ban certain journalists from rallies or press conferences. But, Trump is now the President, and as a government official, he answers to the taxpayers and the Constitution.
“It’s unconstitutional when President Trump has said he doesn’t like CNN and the New York Times and then excludes them from a press conference. It’s a content-based ban and the government generally cannot enact laws or restrictions that punish speech based or restrict public access based on content. Courts have held that a government press conference is a public forum generally open to the media, and any restrictions must be based on reasons other than content,” First Amendment attorney and LawNewz columnist Susan Seager said.
FK – The words ‘press pass’ are not found in the First Amendment. Neither is ‘official,’ or ‘real’ or ‘fake’ or ‘mainstream’ or ‘trained journalist’ or ‘journalism degree’ or commie news network or faux nuze or new yawk slimes or big city daily or tabloid or blog or google or network news or corporate news or robber baron or ‘fit-to-print’ or gatekeepers or a lot of other damn stuff.
Get the drift yet?
White House press conferences have never been open to the public. Just try to get permission to attend one as an independent journalist or even a citizen who happens to own a modern ‘press’ i.e. a blog or website or YouTube channel.
They need to be held in stadiums and Joe Schmo who has just as much ‘freedom of the press’ as any ‘official’ card carrying commie mainstream newswhore should be able to ask any question he chooses of any prez, commie, or ‘conservative’ or faker or whatever.
But we don’t live in that world do we? Not yet. I haven’t given up hope that finally some occupant of the now orange house, formerly the now red house, will do something so arrogant that millions of real Americans, not amerikans, will use the Second Amendment as it was intended and rectify our situation and erect a granite gallows in front of every govt. building and station a militia unit there to make sure it doesn’t fall into disuse.
Did someone once say “Hang the lawyers first?” If not they should have. Really, I’d kill the newswhores first.
When it comes to our Liberty the Bill of Rights is the precedent and WE THE PEOPLE are the final arbiter of our rights, not any group of black-robed shysters or elected, hired or appointed public SERVANTS!
And I didn’t vote for Trump.
This is the commie idea of ‘free speech’:
FK – Well that was close to being genius. 21/20.
But what are we gonna do about it, when they tell us we ‘can’t fight back‘ that is?