Donald Trump is abusing his power again.
Trump staff blocked CNN, New York Times, LA Times, BuzzFeed News and Politico from White House briefing today. These news outlets have been breaking big stories involving the President and he doesn’t like it.
According to the New York Times reporters from the Associated Press and Time magazine who were allowed into the briefing but decided not to attend in protest. The off-camera briefing took place in Sean Spicer’s office.
Fox News anchor Brett Baier also gave his opinion on Twitter. He recalled when Obama administration attacked and attempted to ban Fox News from briefings. Guess who stood up for them?
Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary talked to CNN about the press being banned “Press secretaries should meet with all press because it is unwise and counterproductive to do. Your relationship and obligation is to all media.” Fleischer believes the block was not a threat to the First Amendment.
STAND TOGETHER PRESS
We should be speaking up as journalists and go straight to them on Twitter: Trump, Spicer and Preibus. Also journalism organizations should be very vocal on this issue and stop this from happening again.
We have a job to do, and should not be bullied, intimidated or blocked from getting to the truth.
A win for journalism and freedom of the press today in North Dakota!
A ‘riot’ charge has been dropped against veteran journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! The State’s attorney’s office hit Goodman with that charge on Friday after dropping trespassing charges for her coverage of the thousands of Native American’s protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Today, the North Dakota District judge found no validity in the charge. Goodman said on DemocracyNow.org “This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline.”
Democracy Now! plans to continue covering the story. Read more at Democracy Now!
IN MY OPINION
Freedom of the press is alive and well thanks to North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner who made the right decision, but State’s Attorney Ladd R Erickson needs to learn you cannot abuse your legal power to silence the media when we seek the truth.
Thanks for your coverage and bravery Amy Goodman.
Covering protests is part of the job for any journalist. And that is what Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was doing over Labor Day weekend. On Monday she will turn herself into authorities in North Dakota where she is wanted on riot charges. Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespassing charge on Friday.
Democracy Now! has been one of the few news outlets that has been covering the protests going on for months by thousands of Native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s more from Goodman on going back to face charges.
As The Nation has reported:
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is slated to carry barrel after barrel of Bakken crude through sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and tribe members fear it could pollute the Missouri River, the source not only of their water but of millions of others’, should the pipe ever rupture.
AMY GOODMAN ON THE FRONTLINES
Again Goodman was doing her job. Now prosecutors in North Dakota are abusing their legal power. These intimidation ploys are their way to silence the media.
I agree with Amy Goodman that actions against her are an attack against the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to the truth.
Watch Goodman’s coverage. She identified herself as a journalist and did nothing wrong but follow the protest.
SUPPORT AMY GOODMAN
I stand with Amy Goodman. I hope journalism organizations will show their support. I’m a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Today it is Amy Goodman facing jail time for doing her job in covering a protest. Who will be the next reporter facing charges for covering the news?
Amy, I got your back!