A federal judge in Manhattan ruled on Monday ruled that the New York Police Department may have infringed upon the First Amendment by not allowing a journalist—Jason B. Nicholas—into a briefing.
This ruling is preliminary, but it could cause a ripple effect after a few news organizations were banned from a White House briefing last week.
The judge, J. Paul Oetken, wrote: “It has been held impermissible to exclude a single television news network from live coverage of mayoral candidates’ headquarters and to withhold White House press passes in a content-based or arbitrary fashion.”
Judge Oetken certainly isn’t the only person in America who feels this way. Since the briefing on Friday, many have been outraged.
White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, claims that only previously confirmed news organizations can get a seat. However, even after emails and in-person visits, the New York Times couldn’t get confirmed. While the White House does not have to give equal access to all news organizations, this seems to be the result of President Trump’s anti–media crusade.
Spicer has indirectly supported this claim: “We’re going to aggressively push back. We’re just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there.”
Ultimately, the White House communications department is going to have to come up with a new strategy. Clearly, Trump has had a shaky start as president. Limiting media access is just making this worse. Honestly, my biggest question is whether Spicer, a man with years of communications experience, is doing this by his own volition or because President Trump has asked him to.