U.S. JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF FREEDOM OF PRESS, MAKES IT HARDER FOR TRUMP TO EXCLUDE MEDIA

A Manhattan Federal judge’s opinion in a press access case might undermine future attempts by the White House to exclude certain media outlets from briefings.

Quoting a previous court’s decision, Judge Paul Oetken wrote Monday that the press should have equal access to official information, to keep government officials from “affecting the content or tenor of the news by choreographing which news organizations have access to relevant information.”

Oetken also pointed out several court decisions that reaffirm equal access for the political press, including access to the White House.

“For example, 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,” Oetken wrote.

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