15 Journalism Groups Write Open Letter to Trump Demanding Access

HeadlineNov 17, 2016

Journalists are also fighting back against Trump after he ditched his press pool for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night. It’s a long-standing tradition in U.S. politics that presidents and presidents-elect travel with a “pool” of reporters. In response, 15 journalism groups, from the National Press Club to the Society of Professional Journalists, wrote an open letter to Trump saying, “The role of the press pool is critically important to our country … This isn’t about access for the press itself, it’s about access for Americans in diverse communities across the country.” Trump also bucked press traditions during his campaign, when he banned journalists from nearly two dozen media outlets, including The Washington Post, from covering his events.

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