Just this past Saturday, I wrote about a conference that I attended at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee about freedom of the press around the world. In that article, I showed that the United States currently ranks 48 in press freedom…and I think that next review we won’t even be in the top 50.

Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: The White House Revokes Press Credentials!

For the past 21 years, I have had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history.

But no more. The White House eliminated most briefings and severely restricted access to official events. And this week came the coup de grace: After covering four presidents, I received an email informing me that Trump’s press office had revoked my White House credential.

I’m not the only one. I was part of a mass purge of “hard pass” holders after the White House implemented a new standard that designated as unqualified almost the entire White House press corps, including all seven of The Post’s White House correspondents. White House officials then chose which journalists would be granted “exceptions.” It did this over objections from news organizations and the White House Correspondents’ Association.

The Post requested exceptions for its seven White House reporters and for me, saying that this access is essential to our work. The White House press office granted exceptions to the other seven, but not to me.

Now, virtually the entire White House press corps is credentialed under “exceptions,” which means, in a sense, that they all serve at the pleasure of press secretary Sarah Sanders because they all fail to meet credentialing requirements — and therefore, in theory, can have their credentials revoked any time they annoy Trump or his aides…

So…the press can’t even be the enemy of the people anymore…but now they might have time to write more ‘fake news’…if they can’t fritter away their time in the White House press room. ok this last bit was a bit of sarcasm.

But can we really say that we are a free country anymore of the press isn’t allowed to cover the president? Can we truly say we are a democracy if the ears of the people can’t hear what is being said in the West Wing? American government at all levels needs to be more open and more transparent than ever before…but instead they continue to retreat into silence and to hiding behind artificial barriers.

Ignoring all of the other nonsense floating around this POTUS…what he is now doing is OBSTRUCTING freedom of the press…this to me violates the US Constitution in the first order…this is grounds for impeachment!

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