For Immediate Release
Brett Abrams, firstname.lastname@example.org
333,000+ to the WHCA: Stand in Solidarity Against Trump’s Blacklist of CNN’s Jim Acosta
WASHINGTON - More than 333,000 people have signed onto a petition from Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog organization, urging the White House Correspondents’ Association to stand in solidarity against President Trump’s blacklist of CNN’s Jim Acosta and refuse to participate in White House press events until the ban is lifted.
“The White House Press Correspondents Association exists to advance the interests of and protective the White House Press Corps and right now, they freedom of the press is in jeopardy. They need to act,” explained Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, and author of the petition. “Reporters need to make it a matter of policy that if one of their members if blacklisted, that the rest of the White House Press Corps will line up in solidarity -- and either refuse to participate in White House press events or only ask questions on behalf of the banned reporter/outlet until the ban is lifted.”
According to Media Matters for America, Trump has a history of doing just this thing. During the 2016 campaign, he has literally banned the Des Moines Register from covering his events. He banned Univision from attending his events. He revoked the Washington Post’s credentials for a period in retaliation for a headline that he didn’t like. He revoked Politico’s credentials for a while to punish them for an article he didn’t like. BuzzFeed--which Trump called "a pathetic pile of garbage" during a press conference--was on a blacklist starting in June 2015 and extending well into early 2017. The Daily Beast had been blacklisted as well and was frequently denied credentials as a result.
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