ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, WaPo Want Out of Their “Pens”


WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: Donald Trump listens at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

Representatives from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN and The Washington Post discussed how embeds and reporters from outlets are being treated by Trump’s lead campaign people, including being pushed into media “pens” and others have been banned entirely.

A pen sounds like a good place for them to me. It’s not unusual for reporters to be kept in a separate location but Trump has been far more restrictive. They want to be on the loose interviewing the Trump fans, to make fun of them no doubt. Thats’ what they’ve done in the past.

There is another call scheduled for Monday and then they will approach Trump’s manager and chief aide.

This is a problem with other campaigns but this is their first concerted effort.

It will be hard for the media to get sympathy given their treatment of others, of all the GOP candidates, and their abandonment of factual reporting in favor of editorials disguised as fact.

They might call the Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and work through their issues.

They want interview access to attendees and they want the threats to pull credentials or bar journalists stopped.

Politico reported that the Trump campaign has had several run-ins with the media recently. In one instance, a CNN reporter was told to return to the media “pen” or have his credentials revoked when he tried to film protesters in the crowd at a Trump event last week. A reporter from NBC News was told to return to the media area on Friday as she tried to interview attendees at a Trump rally before the event began.

Trump’s overall harsh approach to the media includes direct attacks on reporters and specific outlets, according to Politico. His campaign has also denied credentials to outlets such as Univision,HuffPo, Fusion, BuzzFeed and the Des Moines Register, often in retaliation for another piece the outlet (or its editorial board) wrote or broadcast about Trump.

Those outlets have been brutal to Trump. The Des Moines Register has been relentless in their ad hominem attacks and called him a feckless blowhard, Univision’s Jorge Ramos tried to take over a Trump rally and then used the occurrence to attack Trump. The others were equally harsh.

Trump appears to be teflon.

Hillary Clinton has put reporters into pens and corralled them as well. The photo below was from one such event. As you can see they are being dragged along with ropes like a team of horses.

reporter corraled like cattle

Another of their concerns is the campaign’s threats to pull their credentials or bar journalists.


  1. So-called journalists should report the news, not influence it. It is appropriate to restrict them. The Clintons have a long history of that, the author mentioned a recent example. The Clintons changed the arrangement in the White House in 1993 to keep the reporters further away. Obama has disallowed photographers, he distributes his own pictures of events.

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