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Press associations are pushing back after Donald Trump’s Twitter threats

  • Trump’s Friday threat to scratch the White House daily press briefing had skeptics calling it another attempt to distract the media.
  • Navel-gazing reporters, some social media pundits said, would rush to make the headlines about a threat to their own work. That would give Trump a break from a barrage of stories about James Comey and Russia.
  • Actual threat or merely hot air, professional journalism associations took the president’s remark seriously all the same. Read more (5/12/17)

WHAT THE FUCK. Journalists from The New York Times, LA Times, CNN, Buzzfeed and Politico were BARRED from attending a White House briefing today. This is such a gross attack on the first amendment. Apparently, if your reporting is unfavorable to Drumpf, he’ll be a lil asshat and give you the silent treatment. WHAT A CHILD. 

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A veteran reporter was arrested while trying to ask Trump cabinet member Tom Price a question

  • Dan Heyman, a West Virginia-based producer and reporter for Public News Service, has been a journalist for about 30 years. 
  • On Wednesday night, he was arrested in the West Virginia State Capitol, reportedly for trying to ask visiting Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question as the official walked through a hallway.
  • Heyman was following Price and Conway as they walked through the Capitol, trying to ask the official whether or not the new health care bill would allow domestic violence to be considered a pre-existing condition.
  • But, while Heyman was trying to get answers out of Price, a Capitol officer stopped him, handcuffed him and arrested him — later charging him with “willful disruption of state government processes,” the Post reported. He was released on a $5,000 bail. Read more (5/10/17)

It’s crazy what we’re watching every day. It’s absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question. Really? Your opposition was hacked, and the Russians were responsible for it, and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening, and we’re fools for asking the questions?

No, sir. We’re not fools for asking these questions. And we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people. Your supporters will support you either way. If your people were on the phone with her, what were they saying? We have a right to know. We absolutely do.

And that you call us “fake news” and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf of the American people is inconsequential. The people deserve that answer at very least.


  “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.” - Edward R. Morrow (born: 25 April 1908)