Statement from Rep. Capuano on White House Blocking Some Media Outlets From Press Briefing

February 15, 2017

“It is nothing short of outrageous that the White House blocked some media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN and Politico from attending a White House press briefing today. Even Richard Nixon never shut out the press. Freedom of the press is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, safeguarded by the Constitution that President Trump solemnly swore to “preserve, protect and defend”. President Reagan said: “There is no more essential ingredient than a free, strong, and independent press to our continued success in what the founding fathers called our ‘noble experiment’ in self-government.” Important words to remember today.”