Senate Republicans Just Took Another Major Step To Silence The Press

Republicans don’t want us to know what’s really going on. And now they are banning the press from doing interviews at the Capitol.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans shocked and outraged everyone when they announced to the press that they will no longer be allowed to record interviews with politicians in the hallways of the Capitol.

According to The Hill,

“Reporters were told they would no longer be allowed to film or record audio of interviews in the Senate side hallways of the Capitol without special permission.

Television reporters will need permission from senators, the Senate Rules Committee, the Senate Sergeant at Arms or the Senate Radio and TV Gallery, depending on location, before conducting an on-camera interview with a senator anywhere in the Capitol or in the Senate office buildings, according to a Senate official familiar with the matter.”

They added,

“Senate officials on Tuesday appeared to also announce new restrictions on the movements of all reporters, including print journalists, in the basement of the Capitol, where it is easiest to catch up with lawmakers before and after votes and lunch meetings.”

This new ban was issued by the Senate Rules Committee and breaks with years of precedent. A Senate Democratic aide told The Hill that this latest decision to block the press was made unilaterally by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

Following the wide-spread outrage about this decision, Shelby tried to cover his ass by putting out a statement saying that he’s not changing the rules, but instead is just enforcing existing rules.

This whole thing is alarming. Democracy depends on a free press. But Trump and the Republicans are systematically trying to block and restrain it for nefarious reasons.

Following the announcement, many journalists and reporters spoke out against this bullshit. The DNC also made a strong statement.

“Republican senators want so badly to hide their healthcare repeal that they’re barring the filming of interviews in their hallways,” DNC deputy communications Adrienne Watson said in a statement. “This is a pathetic and disturbing attempt to silence the press as Trump and Republicans prepare to take away healthcare from millions and millions of people to give millionaires and billionaires another massive tax break.”

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