White House threatens expulsion for reporters if they interrupt press briefings

August 7, 2023

If reporters do not stop disrupting press briefings, the White House will expel them, according to a threat made by President Joe Biden.

As a result of a newly implemented rule that was intended for journalists, the White House has come under fire for barring more than 400 reporters from attending presidential press briefings, as Town Hall reported.

A total of 442 journalists are said to have misplaced their "hard pass" press pass credentials over the course of the past three months. As a consequence, the number of journalists present in the press briefing room has decreased by 31 percent.

According to the White House, only one reporter had their request for a new hard pass declined. This information was provided to Politico. However, due to the necessity to meet the most recent qualifications, hundreds of reporters were unable to keep their press cards.

Reporters Access

Reporters will still be allowed access to the White House despite the new limits; however, their credentials will be scrutinized on a daily basis. The Secret Service might also conduct additional checks on them as a precautionary measure.

Reporters are required to demonstrate that they have "Full-time employment with an organization whose principal business is news dissemination," have a "Physical address" in the "Washington, D.C. area."

They are also required to demonstrate that they have "accessed the White House campus at least once during the prior six months for work, or have proof of employment within the last three months to cover the White House."

In addition, reporters risk being expelled from White House press briefings if they interrupt press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre an excessive number of times or dispute with her for an extended period of time, as a great number of reporters have done in the past.

What Journalists Were Told

At least one journalist was told that if he did not refrain from interrupting Jean-Pierre during the briefings, he was warned that he would be kicked out of the building.

However, there are other people who do not support the new regulations.

A lawyer representing Matthew Anthony Harper, a White House correspondent for InterMountain Christian News, objected to the guidelines.

The lawyer stated that "the requirement of accreditation by a press gallery in either the U.S. Congress or the Supreme Court appears to be an effort to purge smaller, regional news outlets who cannot afford enough reporters to continually cover both the White House and another branch of government." Harper is an InterMountain Christian News contributor.

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