Last Friday several news outlets including The New York Times, Buzzfeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Huffington Post were denied entrance to a briefing at the White House. According to White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, this blockade was “push back”. He said, “We’re just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there.” People are questioning whether this is a violation of the rights of the press protected under the first amendment. Michael W. McConnell a law professor at Stanford was hesitant to call this barring unconstitutional, “Criticism of the press is not an attack on the freedom of the press, any more than criticism of the president is an attack on the presidency.” I thought this perspective interesting, but still find this very distressing. While this news outlets may have a liberal slant, it is their right to publish news. I think it is a very scary thing if the head of our government is also the person who decides what information is given out. It is often said that the press is the fourth of government, and this past election is great evidence of how important the media is. It is a privilege to be able to openly support or criticize our government/ country. A bad word against the president (while I do wish that news sources would just report the news with no biased or opinion) should not be something to hide or attack. It is scary that President Trump doesn’t want the spreading of “inaccurate facts” but is perfectly willing to give us alternative ones.

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