Senate weighs restricting reporters during Trump impeachment trial

  
Via:  larry-hampton  •  5 months ago  •  13 comments

Senate weighs restricting reporters during Trump impeachment trial
The Senate is weighing significant restrictions on reporters covering the upcoming impeachment trial, including limiting the movements of reporters and upping security screenings for the press.

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The Senate is weighing significant restrictions on reporters covering   the upcoming impeachment trial,   including limiting the movements of reporters and upping security screenings for the press.

The Standing Committee of Correspondents, an elected body of journalists that govern and advocate for print media, wrote to Senate leaders on Tuesday "vigorously" objecting to the proposed restrictions, which the group said included forcing reporters into penned areas and barring them from walking freely around outside the Senate chambers.

They said it was not clear how the proposed rules added to safety "rather than simply limit coverage of the trial."


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Larry Hampton
1  seeder  Larry Hampton    5 months ago

The group's chair, Sarah Wire, argued against the proposed restrictions in a Twitter thread.

"Installing a magnetometer means the Senate trial will have a soundtrack of 'beep, beep, beep' as 90+ reporters walk in and out all day," she wrote. "There is no additional safety or security brought by bringing such a device into reporter work space. It also gives the impression that it is being done mostly to protect Senators from the bright light of the public knowing what they are doing in one of the country’s most important moments."

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Larry Hampton @1    5 months ago
"Installing a magnetometer means the Senate trial will have a soundtrack of 'beep, beep, beep' as 90+ reporters walk in and out all day," she wrote.

Maybe Sarah should have read the NBC News article herself, or at least have been aware of what she was speaking about first.  Oh yeah, she's a 'reporter' so why bother with anything other than personal speculation.

Maybe she was unaware of this, and I quote:

including limiting the movements of reporters
 
 
 
Greg Jones
2  Greg Jones    5 months ago

You never know Larry, could be some rogue reporter with evil intent embedded within those 90+. Better be safe than sorry.

Am I correct in that the Senators will not be allowed to have phones or other electronic devices within the chamber.

I am sure this event will be as fully reported as the House investigation was.

 
 
 
lady in black
2.1  lady in black  replied to  Greg Jones @2    5 months ago

From the article:

Electronics are currently banned from the Senate chamber, and reporters had unsuccessfully sought an exemption to the rule for the historic trial.

So yes, electronics are banned

 
 
 
MrFrost
3  MrFrost    5 months ago

It's just an effort to keep trumps crimes from reaching the public.If they can't dispute the crimes and cannot suppress witness testimony, just keep it all under wraps so the public is left in the dark. My first question is, "why suppress the testimony if trump is completely innocent"? 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.1  Ozzwald  replied to  MrFrost @3    5 months ago
It's just an effort to keep trumps crimes from reaching the public.

Yup.  Reporters = witnesses. 

If (when) damning evidence is brought up during the trial, it is a lot harder for Republican Senators to ignore it when you have a room full of reporters documenting your responses.

 
 
 
dennis smith
3.2  dennis smith  replied to  MrFrost @3    5 months ago

The House investigations were also done behind closed doors. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.1  Ozzwald  replied to  dennis smith @3.2    4 months ago

The House investigations were also done behind closed doors. 

Because of Republican rule changes.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
3.2.2  seeder  Larry Hampton  replied to  dennis smith @3.2    4 months ago

With Republicans  also inside those rooms.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.3  Ozzwald  replied to  Larry Hampton @3.2.2    4 months ago
With Republicans  also inside those rooms.

Forgot, good point!

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dennis smith
3.2.4  dennis smith  replied to  Ozzwald @3.2.1    4 months ago

The dems are in control of the House and could have changed the rules to allow transparency but they did not. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
3.2.5  dennis smith  replied to  Larry Hampton @3.2.2    4 months ago

That goes without saying but it doesn't change the fact that the investigations were done behind closed doors.

 
 
 
bbl-1
4  bbl-1    4 months ago

What ever and doesn't matter. 

For what ever reasons that have yet to be explained, the Stormy Who cult must protect 'this president' by every means possible. 

 
 
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