Pence: Press Freedoms Are Conditional On The Media Maintaining WH Decorum

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Vice President Mike Pence said that press access is dependent upon "maintaining decorum that’s due at the White House".

Vice President Mike Pence is often quiet regarding President Donald Trump’s attacks on the American press, but in a recent interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Pence appeared to defend the White House move to ban pool reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event after she asked a question Trump didn’t like.

Pence praised the notion of a free press but issued a caveat that reporters’ permission to cover the White House is dependent upon their proper “decorum”.

From RawStory:

> “Let me say, this administration believes in the freedom of the press,” Pence told Bartiromo. “President Trump and our entire administration have provided extraordinary access to the media. The president answers so many questions. I can assure you we’ll continue to do that.”

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> The vice president added a caveat: “Maintaining the decorum that’s due at the White House is an issue. I’m very [confidant] with any network this will ensure the access of the American people to this administration. This is incredible progress.”

Bartiromo noted that Collins — a CNN reporter — was representing all networks as a pool reporter when she was barred from the White House event.

Pence responded:

> “Look the relationship between any White House and press corps is always, you know, it’s always healthy and robust and occasionally represents disagreements. I’m confident they will be able to work out the relationship in a positive way. Every network and news organization will continue to have access. We stand for the freedom of the press in this White House.”

Watch the interview here.

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Starborn1
Starborn1

And WHO determines WH decorum? What happens if we happen to have an autocratic, wanna-be Hitler in the white house who detests the free press? Oops! We do. NO- press freedoms are NOT determined by any White House administration... they are determined by the 1st amendment to the US Constitution.

DrMarkBear
DrMarkBear

The Vice-President is incorrect. There is nothing in our First Amendment that requires reporters have a sense of decorum. In addition, this is not their original argument for pulling Acosta's pass: they accused him of physically interacting with a White House Intern "which was totally uncalled for." In a similar vein, if Mr. Pence wants decorum in the White House, he only need look at his own boss who possesses not one ounce of decorum.

Jackpine61
Jackpine61

What about the White House decorum when it comes to the President's behavior ?! Whenever the President for profit is asked questions he does not want to answer, he responds with vulgar and direct propaganda insults. The reporters ought to be able to defend themselves and hold the poser President accountable without fear of getting their access denied. That is what a free press means ! This white collar welfare queen of a President does not have a leg to stand on with the White House Decorum defense !

henryfacosta
henryfacosta

The current occupant in our WH and his regime are the ones who never show decorum. From all the lies and racist attacks to not respecting our veterans yesterday and in Paris, Trump admin is lacking in how as president conducts himself or his admin. Most corrupt admin ever with fake president most corrupt.

IrishCat
IrishCat

So, calling people "stupid" and "enemy of the people" is acceptable decorum? Go back in your cave, Pence; you are as disgraceful as the idiot above you. That is my freedom of speech and I am not showing him any decorum. Freedoms can be limited, but are not conditional upon an autocrat.