Senate Republicans crack down on press access

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  1. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502

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    They've banned reporters from interviewing the senators in hallways, (as they've been doing for decades). Just another symptom of Trumps and the GOP's derangement and efforts to hide what they're doing from the American people. One idiot GOP senator actually said it's for safety reasons. Someone could trip over a cable. Odd that. Most cameras I've seen are wireless. Lots of tweets (in the article) in regards to the move. Many from Republicans.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/3...views-with-senators-without-permission-report

     
  2. Raid macrumors 68020

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    It's a health and safety issue; they don't want reporters body slammed or threatened by the senators. :D
     
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    This is what people wanted when they voted for Republicans. It was pretty obvious they were for even less transparency than our previous administration which wasn't exactly a shining example of transparency. Elections have consequences and if you don't like this come out in 2018 and vote against the Republicans.
     
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    I recommend the construction of a UFC-style cage on Capitol Hill specifically for interview purposes. Every reporter who goes in gets an "exclusive".
     
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    It's funny how this bit is stuck in the middle of the article

    "The crowds of reporters in the Capitol hallways have hit record sizes. Last month, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms sent a note to media outlets warning about overcrowding as reporters try to pin down lawmakers for interviews in hallways and around the Senate subway system. "
     
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    nothing stopping them from setting up interviews ELSEWHERE.
     
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    Also, it sounds like it is not a new rule, they are enforcing an old rule.

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    If Republicans had anything worth showing or bragging about to the voters, you better believe they would be running to get in front of every camera possible to show and brag. This is what they do when all the things they are working on are bad for voters.
     
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    Except that what they are doing goes against the 1A. Since this is the Senate, who is part of Congress, the 1A can apply.

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    no it does not.............ACLU would be all over it if it did.
     
  11. RootBeerMan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You seem to have an exceptionally --and perhaps even dangerously-- limited understanding of the first amendment.
     
  13. Raid macrumors 68020

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    So it is a health and safety issue!

    Reporters try to 'pin down' senators with questions; senators 'pin down' reports with their bodies!

    Of course Trump will set the example:
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  14. MarkusL macrumors 6502

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    They should press down on the crack access instead, if they want to do something about Trump's tweets.
     
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    Well, if they members of Congress would stop hiding, the press wouldn't have to circle like vultures....
     
  16. IronWaffle macrumors 6502

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    Besides this being a significant and negative development, in this moment mostly I'm worried about the job security of CNN's Manu Raju, who always seems to be hustling down there.
     
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    It's not a new rule. The building, while stable, does have a fire code. The USSC was filled to the brim with reporters outside the courtrooms during the last few milestone cases. The worst offender of these laws are churches. Which are packed like sardine cans during major services, specifically Christmas Eve and similar holidays.
     
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    Are you saying that the Senate is not part of Congress? and that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press?

    Yes, they can print all that they want without repercussion (within limit), but as they are working as the press for the story they are to print, they do have justification for getting the source on record for what they intend to print. The ability to query their sources is within bounds. The Senate can easily just refuse to comment, or simply say "no comment"; a rule does not need to be created for this, as it would infringe on the right of the press.

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  21. jerwin macrumors 68000

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    "Congress" is generally read as the "any lawmaking authority in the United States", so reading the amendment as specifically addressing such matters as blocking the press from the Capitol building seems shortsighted.
     

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