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CNN Reporter Banned From White House Event for Asking a Question – Journalists, Internet Furious
White House Correspondents’ Association Calls Move Retaliatory and ‘Weak’
The White House Wednesday afternoon banned a CNN reporter from an open press event in the Rose Garden because of a question she had asked the president earlier in the day.
“Collins was asked to come to Bill Shine’s office. Shine, a former co-president of Fox News, is the new deputy chief of staff for communications. Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders met Collins there,” CNN reports.
“They said ‘You are dis-invited from the press availability in the Rose Garden today,'” Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN says, according to the network. “They said that the questions I asked were inappropriate for that venue. And they said I was shouting.”
Collins said she reacted by saying, “You’re banning me from an event because you didn’t like the questions I asked.”
Collins said Shine and Sanders asserted that “we’re not banning your network. Your photographers can still come. Your producers can still come. But you are not invited to the Rose Garden today.”
What is the question President Trump didn’t like?
Heres Collins explaining what happened, including footage of the questions the president didn’t like:
The White House banned Kaitlan Collins, a White House reporter for CNN, from a press event after Collins asked President Trump questions at an Oval Office photo op https://t.co/7QN8CoZ7sp pic.twitter.com/hWspq7W1yy
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2018
Collins is no “liberal” journalist. Before working for CNN she was the White House Correspondent for the right wing website The Daily Caller.
The White House Corespondents’ Association issued a statement calling the move “weak”:
White House Correspondents’ Association statement on White House barring the TV pool reporter (@kaitlancollins) from an open press event today: pic.twitter.com/BJFuO37KSr
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 25, 2018
Outrage over the ban, especially from journalists at many different outlets, was immediate:
Wait, Bill Shine did something creepy and bullying to a woman who works for a cable news network? How shocking.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 25, 2018
To be clear, White House now claiming right to determine what journalists’ questions are appropriate or not. This is a major escalation that should concern all journalists. Read the questions, they were straightforward questions about the two big stories of the day. https://t.co/FalINDRH7T
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) July 25, 2018
As today’s radio pooler, I was in the Oval Office with @kaitlancollins, heard her questions, thought they were good and timely ones, and find an official government sanction in response to them an absolute, stunning outrage.
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) July 25, 2018
Additionally, all of these questions are directly relevant to what the president himself has been tweeting about! Just the morning, it was Trump who posed the question about what kind of lawyer tapes his client. https://t.co/kynprLA3la
— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurns) July 25, 2018
Siren – my kick ass colleague @kaitlancollins was banned from an open press event for asking legit questions of the president on behalf of the 5 network pool. As a former White House reporter and as an American – this is outrageous and highly alarming.
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) July 25, 2018
The White House today banned CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an open press event. Fits perfectly with the news that Trump was outraged when he saw Melania watching CNN on Air Force One. This is the behavior of a dictator. pic.twitter.com/9C2gTEddSH
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 25, 2018
White House blocks @kaitlancollins from open press event because they didn’t like her questions earlier. This is another step toward authoritarianism and a blow against basic press freedom. Where is the WHCA? Where is the solidarity?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 25, 2018
1) It’s one thing to not answer a question. Quite another to not even be willing to hear it.
2) There was a time when the WH would complain about undemocratic countries doing this kind of thing
3) This is outrageous and other networks, including Fox News, should make that clear https://t.co/Y6GKgvu14L
— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 25, 2018
That last bit about shouting is *super* gendered. They all shout questions and they always have. https://t.co/MB2DjjqIHs
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) July 25, 2018
As a member of the White House Press pool- @FoxNews stands firmly with @CNN on this issue and the issue of access https://t.co/TFwfLQtP9h
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) July 25, 2018
In 2012, a Daily Caller writer interrupted a president during a speech (which never happens), wasn't punished by the WH or WHCA. https://t.co/ZtB525q7Op
Today, a CNN reporter shouted Qs to a president in a pool spray (which happens all the time), was banned by WH from an event.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 25, 2018
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Justice Clarence Thomas Believes Media Criticism of Decisions ‘Jeopardizes Any Faith’ in the Supreme Court
Justice Clarence Thomas complained about the harsh criticism the Supreme Court has received since allowing a controversial anti-abortion law to go into effect in Texas.
Thomas delivered the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, where he complained about media criticism, The Washington Post reported.
“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” Thomas said.
“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions,” he said.
A second Post report on the speech noted Thomas’ remarks on the ongoing mistrust of the court.
“The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous,” Thomas said. “And I think that’s problematic.”
The newspaper noted the lecture was interrupted by protesters who yelled, “I still believe Anita Hill.”
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Four Cops ‘Drag’ Man From McCarthy Press Conference for Asking Question About Jan. 6 Committee
Four law enforcement officers reportedly removed a man from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) press conference on Thursday when he tried to ask a question about the Jan. 6 committee.
“I tried to ask @GOPLeader McCarthy a question after he decried Cuban police pickup up people in the streets,” Grant Stern explained in a tweet. “Why does he oppose the bipartisan #January6thCommission?”
“A Congressional staffer had four cops pick me up and drag me from the room,” he explained.
Stern’s bio indicates that he is an editor for the OccupyDemocrats organization.
Watch the video below
I tried to ask @GOPLeader McCarthy a question after he decried Cuban police pickup up people in the streets.
Why does he oppose the bipartisan #January6thCommission?
A Congressional staffer had four cops pick me up and drag me from the room.
I still asked the question. pic.twitter.com/HDqrhvARaC
— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) August 5, 2021
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GOP Launches Witch Hunt Demanding Investigation Into Highly-Respected University Professor’s Tweets
Republicans in Virginia are demanding that University of Virginia President James E. Ryan open an investigation into tweets by Center for Politics founder Dr. Larry Sabato.
“A reasonable taxpaying citizen can readily conclude that Dr. Sabato is demonstrating the rankest form of bitter partisanship,” Virginia GOP Chair Rich Anderson wrote in a letter printed on Republican Party of Virginia letterhead.
“In order to have faith in our institutions, it is essential that Virginians hold accountable those public employees and officials who violate institutional values, codes of conduct, and other guidelines of professional behavior.”
A spokesperson for the university said Sabato has done nothing wrong.
“There is nothing in our Code of Conduct that limits University employees from engaging in expression that is protected under the First Amendment,” the spokesman said.
Anderson complained about eight tweets by Sabato. The first noted Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
It is a disgrace that Trump became the first major-party presidential candidate since the 1970s to avoid releasing his tax returns. This critical information should have been available for voters to consider in 2016. Never again! #TrumpTaxReturns https://t.co/5liLizaGGw
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) September 27, 2020
The second tweet concerned Trump’s fact-free approach to presidential debates.
CANCEL THE REMAINING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES. It is impossible to have an orderly, productive exchange with Donald Trump. Stop pretending otherwise. #Debate2020
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) September 30, 2020
The third tweet was in the context of Trump hoping to bring back executions by firing squad while facing accusations of extreme tax fraud. It was in the comments of a Daily Beast story.
It’s just amazing to me that I am reading this! Is there not a person that will find a law against this! @LarrySabato
— Wahoo UVA (@uvaseg) November 30, 2020
Extreme tax fraud deserves a firing squad.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) November 30, 2020
The fourth tweet questioned Trump’s sanity after he released a 46-minute video pushing his “Big Lie” of voter fraud.
Cuckoo, cuckoo! Does the plush presidential suite at Walter Reed offer psychiatric treatments? Maybe time to helicopter Trump over again. https://t.co/rpMkk2mVuE
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 3, 2020
The fifth tweet praised a return to normalcy “after 4 years of the bizarre and disturbing.”
I’m watching President-elect @JoeBiden‘s press conference. It’s so refreshingly NORMAL. After 4 years of the bizarre and the disturbing, we really are going to have a return to normalcy.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 4, 2020
The sixth tweet returned to the question of Trump’s mental health in the context of the delusional conspiracy theory that he will be “reinstated” as president in August in violation of the Constitution.
Of course it’s true. Trump, who governed on the edge of insanity for four long years, has gone over the edge. Yet millions of people and 90%+ of GOP members of Congress, still genuflect before this false god. https://t.co/MQ6LarvR2F
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) June 3, 2021
The seventh tweet concerned Glenn Youngkin, who is worth hundreds of millions after working as the co-CEO of the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group. Youngkin is now running for governor of Virginia.
I wonder if @GlennYoungkin is still “honored” to have received Trump’s enthusiastic endorsement for VA Governor?
Trump told chief of staff Hitler ‘did a lot of good things’, book says | Donald Trump | The Guardian https://t.co/EdnKiUIjyJ
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) July 7, 2021
The final tweet the GOP believes should result in an investigation concerned Trump’s choice of music at his campaign-style rallies.
Trump as usual ends with the song “YMCA”, a completely inappropriate song for him even during Pride Month. Try “Highway to Hell”. That fits. #OhioRally #revengetour
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) June 27, 2021
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