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Could a Trump presidency mean restricted White House media access?




White House Press Secretary speaks on June 12, 2015 in the Brady Breifing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
White House Press Secretary speaks on June 12, 2015 in the Brady Breifing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced via Facebook message that he was revoking the press credentials of the Washington Post to cover his campaign events.

He stated that the news organization has been inaccurately representing his campaign and that the company lacked “journalistic integrity.”  Trump has also barred reporters from The National Review, BuzzFeed, Politico and a few other outlets from attending his events.

If the presumptive GOP nominee were to become the president, would he be able to withdraw White House press credentials from reporters and news organizations based on their content? Is there a precedent of presidents denying media access? And what is the Obama administration’s record on freedom of information?

Guests:

Erik Wemple, Media Critic, The Washington Post

Gregg Leslie, Legal Defense Director for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press based in Washington DC