A Democrat Representative from Connecticut has had enough of the President’s press office and has decided to do something about it. Rep. Jim Himes is introducing “The Free Press Act” to stop the White House from limiting interactions with the press.
As of late the Press Office has held less on-camera press briefings, and Rep. Himes cited data compiled by the American Presidency Project to prove his point:
President Donald Trump’s White House staff has had 71 briefings in his tenure so far, compared to 114 under former President Barack Obama, 74 under former President George W. Bush, and 152 under former President Bill Clinton at the same point in each of their presidencies.
Himes said he introduced the bill because “the White House has begun to dramatically, and in a historically unprecedented way, reduce the media and therefore the American people’s access to the thinking of the president. And that’s not healthy. So now is the time.”
There are some things you don’t compromise on. You don’t compromise on certain principles; you don’t compromise on freedom of the press, you don’t compromise on treating people of different religions the same.
While a Republican might say, gosh this feels like it’s anti-Trump, it’s actually pro-transparency, it’s pro-democracy, and it would apply equally to future Democratic presidents as it does to this Republican president.”
Is this bill unnecessary? Or is this a bill that should garner bi-partisan support?
Source: Huffington Post