Fascism in America-EPA Blocks CNN, Associated Press Journalists From Attending Official Speech
Of course we have ad hoc excuses. “Small room, reporters knew in advance.” The answer is get a bigger room. The public right to know trumps (if you will) a Presidents desire to punish media outlets he disfavors. Corrupt, dishonest and harmful to our democracy.
The tableau of uniformed guards roughly handly credentialed press is chilling AF.
Additionally, the Associated Press said in a story that one of its reporters, denied entry, was grabbed by security guards and forcibly shoved out of the building after asking to speak to an EPA public affairs person. A CNN photographer saw the female journalist being shoved out of the building by a uniformed guard, and the Associated Press journalist recounted the incident to CNN immediately after it took place.
When reached by phone and asked about the Associated Press report, Wilcox declined to comment to CNN beyond his original statement, which said he was “unaware of the individual situation that has been reported.”
CNN was also blocked from attending the summit. A CNN photographer was screened by security guards before the event and was waiting for an escort or further information. Wilcox arrived soon after and provided security with a list of news outlets and reporters, instructing them not to let anyone not on the list into the event. The CNN photographer then asked if he could enter the event and was told by security he couldn’t.