Reporters at U.S. Capitol told they are not allowed to film interviews with senators in hallways


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/13/capitol-censorship.html


#2

Fascism is alive and well in the good ole’ USA!


#3

We the People pay for that public space, and so maybe we should weigh in on this one?

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#4

Considering the current state of electronic miniaturization, I predict a run on the supply of camera glasses and lapel pins.


#6

Suddenly, onerous regulations are popular with the Tea Baggers.


#7

But those are small government regulations – they don’t get in the way of the business of America (which, as always, IS business [1].)

[1] Remember the source of this famous line.


#11

This is just crying out for some malicious compliance, flooding the committee with requests; only doing your interviews in the halls; submitting your requests in any form you can (braille, semaphore, iced onto a cake). What you need is Mark Thomas.


#13

Is there any confirmation of this from an authoritative source or is Twitter the only source?


#14

It’s time for some civil disobedience, I think.


#15

You know, when I was a kid and somebody said, “greatest nation on Earth,” it was nonsense, but at least there was some evidence to point to. Moon landing, Marshall Plan, Social Security.

Today, it’s just mandatory empty words. The people in power are doing everything they can to destroy the country, and we wave our little flags. I wonder where this road goes.


#16

I would consider NBC News’s capitol hill correspondent (the first quoted tweet) to be an authoritative source. There’s also this:


#20

speak for yourself, my flag’s really big #sizematters


#21

Even when it’s at… um… half-staff?


#22

Oh, hell yeah. bc you know, the size of my flagpole :wink:


#23

How is this not a violation of the First Amendment? I honestly don’t understand why every major media outlet hasn’t already filed a lawsuit.


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#28

It’s hot as blazes in DC so prepare for allot of sweatier than usual politicians being interviewed under tents and under even hotter lights.

I am guessing this has everything to do with security perimeters as they prepare to remove health care coverage from millions of citizens.

“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.” -DNC

For what it’s worth here is some clarification:

This stinks.


#30

The Hill’s got an actual article on the topic now.


#31

Course, it mostly cites the tweets provided here.


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