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White House Releases Rules for Press Conferences – Designed to Make It Easier to Revoke Even More Press Passes

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The White House has just released a set of rules to rein in reporters at press conferences or other events with the President, and it’s clear they are designed to allow the Trump administration to revoke even more press passes.

Last week with no notice or discussion, at President Trump’s order the White House revoked the hard pass of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. A federal judge ordered the pass reinstated for 14 days to allow the White House time to review their decision. The judge’s ruling suggested Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights, including due process, had been violated.

President Trump, last week also, suggested more passes may be revoked, making it clear his goal ultimately is to only allow news organizations who deliver favorable reports access to the White House.

Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple posted the new White House rules. Key among the short list is that reporters get to ask only one question. Asking a follow-up, which is standard practice, and important in the effort to gain the truth, can get a reporter’s press pass revoked.

“A journalist called upon to ask a question all ask a single question, and then will yield the floor to other journalists,” the rule, which was sent to Acosta directly, states.

A follow-up question “may be permitted,” it says, but only at “the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions.”

Failure to “abide by” the rules can result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s pass.

The White House adds that “a more elaborate and comprehensive set of rules might need to be devised.”

The Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale, who has chronicled every one of the President’s false statements since he took office, makes clear that the White House is “specifically saying that asking an unapproved follow-up question may result in the suspension or revocation of a reporter’s White House pass.”

He adds:

Former Obama NSC spokesperson Tommy Vietor responds by calling the threat off revocation “crazy,” and says the White House Correspondents’ Association “shouldn’t go along with it.”

The White House has backed away from its threat earlier today that it would automatically be revoking Acosta’s press pass when the judge’s restraining order expires in two weeks.

 

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THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

State Dept. Kicks National Public Radio Reporter Off Plane After Pompeo’s Unhinged Attack on NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly

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The State Dept. has kicked a reporter for National Public Radio off Secretary Mike Pompeo’s plane just days after he attacked a different NPR reporter and even issued an astonishing and false statement accusing her of lying.

PBS NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports Michele Kelemen is the NPR reporter, part of the State Dept. press pool, who was removed from Pompeo’s trip to London and Kiev.

Last week Pompeo blasted NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, claiming she had agreed to his remarks on Ukraine being off the record. She had not. At the end of the interview Pompeo reportedly forced Kelly to point out Ukraine on an unlabeled map. Kelly anchors “All Things Considered,” has a master’s in European studies from Cambridge, and is an an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes in national security and journalism.

Pompeo issued a press release suggesting she had incorrectly identified Bangladesh when asked to point out Ukraine on the map, which is highly doubtful given her education and background, including being a State Dept. correspondent for two decades.

Schifrin adds the State Dept. Correspondents’ Assoc. has issued a statement condemning the removal of Kelly.

Here’s Pompeo’s astonishing press release from last week attacking Kelly:

Image by U.S. Department of State via Flickr

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‘Like the Gestapo’: GOP Congressman Blasted for Asking Sworn Witnesses if They ‘Actually Voted for Donald Trump’

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“This is what evil looks like”

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, Republican of California, is under fire for what many are calling an entirely inappropriate question of the four witnesses who raised their hands and swore to tell the truth during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.

Congressman McClintock asked the witnesses, “Could I begin, just with a show of hands, how many on the panel actually voted for Donald Trump?”

Not only was the question inappropriate, it was phrased as if not voting for Donald Trump was somehow a violation of law.

The witnesses were rightly outraged.

On social media Congressman McClintock’s question was attacked, with some comparing it to Gestapo tactics, “pathological cult thinking,” and more.

 

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‘Deranged Police State Fever Dream’: Internet Explodes Over Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Incredibly Fascist’ Video for 9/11

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Former New York City mayor, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by posting a chilling, creepy, and many are saying “fascist” video in the early morning, tweeting “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” in all-caps.

The highly-edited video opens with staged images of people protesting fascism, as a young child slowly sings “America the Beautiful.”

The camera closes in on a lone police officer starting at the protestors, who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

In an apparent flashback the officer seems to be remembering his life: a police badge is pinned on his shirt, a flag-draped coffin of a U.S. service member is carried past him, and a young boy sits in front of a television set watching footage reminiscent of fire fighters raising a flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

He then flips down the clear shield on his helmet, and the camera shows him whipping out a club – just as the protestors jump the barricade.

The words “This We’ll Defend” flash on the screen.

The video is looped, repeating until the user stops it.

NBC News’ Ben Collins explains the video is “a ‘banned from the Super Bowl’ ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention.”

Response to the disturbing clip was astonishment, confusion, anger, and outrage – and with many decrying it as clear fascism.

Take a look:

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