Capitol Hill Reporters Forbidden From Conducting On-Air Interviews With Senators

As the Republicans continue to push their monstrous health care bill through the Senate, there has now been a disturbing new development in the quest to find out what exactly is in that bill and what it means for America.

Reporters have been told by staff members of the Senate Radio and Television Correspondents’ Gallery that they will no longer be allowed to conduct on-air interviews with Senators without the prior approval of both the Senator and the Senate Rules Committee.

This move is “contrary to years of precedent,” and making matters even more confusing is the fact that the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, has disavowed the rules change and told members of his committee that he wouldn’t move forward with the change without consulting the members of his committee.

A number of Senators, including some on the Rules Committee itself, have stated that they were not aware of the rules change until it was announced on social media by NBC’s Kasie Hunt.

Other Senators have responded to the rules change as well, expressing alarm that press have now been partially forbidden from accessing Senators.

The Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee put out a statement on Tuesday insisting that there have been no changes to the rules of press coverage in the Senate, but the reports of journalists being barred from interviews remain unexplained.

Featured Image via David Mariolo on Wikimedia Commons, Available Under a Creative Commons License.

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