BuzzFeed, Politico Editors: ‘It Was Worrisome’ That Press Corps Didn’t Stand Up Sooner For Banned News Outlets

During a panel focusing on the future of the media under soon-to-be President Donald Trump, Politico columnist and former editor Susan Glasser and BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith said they were troubled by what they said was a hesitation from the press corps to stand up for media outlets that were banned by Trump on the campaign trail.

“There is no scenario under which this [would be] anything other than a terrible disservice to our democracy to have the president of the United States in the business of banning reporters,” Glasser, Politico’s chief foreign affairs columnist, said of the possibility of Trump continuing his bans on news organizations, adding that Trump’s previous criticism of the First Amendment was deeply troubling.

 

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