Impeachment trial security to crack down on the press

Mar 2012
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The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt and the standing committees of correspondents.

Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger will enact a plan that intends to protect senators and the chamber, but it also suggests that credentialed reporters and photographers whom senators interact with on a daily basis are considered a threat.

The Standing Committee of Correspondents, which represents journalists credentialed in the daily press galleries in the House and Senate, has come out forcefully against the planned restrictions that it says rejected every suggestion made by the correspondents “without an explanation of how the restrictions contribute to safety rather than simply limit coverage of the trial.”

When the articles of impeachment are delivered to the Senate, a procession full of pomp and circumstance, just one video camera and no still photographers will be allowed to document the historic moment. No audio recording at all will be permitted, leaving radio reporters empty-handed.

During the trial, a single press pen will be set up on the second floor of the Senate, where lawmakers enter and exit the chamber. Reporters will be confined to the pen, unable to move with senators. No movement will be allowed outside the corrals, and reporters and photographers will need to be escorted to and from the pen.

 
May 2019
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..... but it also suggests that credentialed reporters and photographers whom senators interact with on a daily basis are considered a threat.

Now I've seen it all. The Fourth Estate is considered a threat to the Senate? What is the USA de-evolving into?
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Devil505

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Jan 2008
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The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy Blunt and the standing committees of correspondents.

Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger will enact a plan that intends to protect senators and the chamber, but it also suggests that credentialed reporters and photographers whom senators interact with on a daily basis are considered a threat.

The Standing Committee of Correspondents, which represents journalists credentialed in the daily press galleries in the House and Senate, has come out forcefully against the planned restrictions that it says rejected every suggestion made by the correspondents “without an explanation of how the restrictions contribute to safety rather than simply limit coverage of the trial.”

When the articles of impeachment are delivered to the Senate, a procession full of pomp and circumstance, just one video camera and no still photographers will be allowed to document the historic moment. No audio recording at all will be permitted, leaving radio reporters empty-handed.

During the trial, a single press pen will be set up on the second floor of the Senate, where lawmakers enter and exit the chamber. Reporters will be confined to the pen, unable to move with senators. No movement will be allowed outside the corrals, and reporters and photographers will need to be escorted to and from the pen.

Are we still a democracy?

Sinclair Lewis said, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
I'll add: And wearing a MAGA hat.
 
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Interesting, but shouldn't really be surprising.

The Democrats would love to see lots of sensational video news coverage of the event. The Republicans....not so much. And since the proceedings have moved to the Senate playground...McConnell has the greater control on rules.

Punch. Counter punch.

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Devil505

Former Staff
Jan 2008
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Florida
Interesting, but shouldn't really be surprising.

The Democrats would love to see lots of sensational video news coverage of the event. The Republicans....not so much. And since the proceedings have moved to the Senate playground...McConnell has the greater control on rules.

Punch. Counter punch.

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Terrifying that it doesn't bother you.
Fascist state censorship vs freedom of the press.
 
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May 2019
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Interesting, but shouldn't really be surprising.

The Democrats would love to see lots of sensational video news coverage of the event. The Republicans....not so much. And since the proceedings have moved to the Senate playground...McConnell has the greater control on rules.

Punch. Counter punch.

..
McTurtle has shown he'll do everything in his power to put the party of Trump 1st; our USA 2nd.
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