This week the media sounded a collective alarm about Trump and concerns over press freedom. Earlier in the week, some media in New York had a problem with access, and it didn’t involve Trump:
Queens Chronicle: Ocasio-Cortez bans press from town hall https://t.co/BuCtp6L9zY
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 17, 2018
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 17, 2018
Here’s why the press wasn’t allowed in, according to the Queens Chronicle:
According to Ramos Rios and campaign spokesman Corbin Trent, that unwanted attention led to a press ban both for last Wednesday’s listening tour stop in the Bronx and Sunday’s in Corona.
“We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press. These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded,” Trent said. “This is an outlier and will not be the norm. We’re still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria’s national profile.”
If the Ocasio-Cortez campaign was worried about a media crush, couldn’t they have just chosen a few reporters to attend?
There’s a way to handle this. It’s having press availabilities before or after the event, not banning press from said event. https://t.co/9YQmFSh2PP
— Nick Rafter (@NRafter) August 17, 2018
Oh My. https://t.co/nATBDAXRi1
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) August 17, 2018
— pittsburghdan (@danky1465) August 17, 2018
— Marc T Grove (@MarcTGroveSr) August 17, 2018
If being questioned by the press makes you feel mobbed, I'm guessing the United States Congress will be too overwhelming for you, @Ocasio2018. "How do you plan to pay for that" is a reasonable question, and the press won't stop asking no matter how many times you can't answer! https://t.co/eep4jL378C
— Phil Van Wormer (@PhilVanWormer) August 17, 2018
— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) August 17, 2018
If Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign wants to eliminate reports of her misstatement, lies and gaffes then media access to the Left’s newest rock star might get even more limited.