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Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:39 PM

Donald Trump's Hotel Bans Press For The Inauguration, Raising First Amendment Concerns

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President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel is banning reporters from its premises during inauguration week, according to Politico’s Daniel Lippman. The move underscores the incoming president’s personal hostility toward the press and raises First Amendment issues, as the hotel space is leased by the president-elect from the federal government.

Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the transition, Trump has made his hostility to the press a centerpiece of his political strategy. Trump declared war on the press, which included mocking specific reporters as “neurotic,” “dumb,” and a “waste of time.” He retreated to softball interviews during the final weeks of the campaign with largely friendly interviewers, Fox News, and fringe media. Since the election, Trump has lashed out at The New York Times several times for its “BAD coverage.” Trump’s own incoming press secretary also admitted that he threatened to remove a journalist who was trying to ask the president-elect a question, and prominent Trump supporter and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich applauded the threat, calling it “a signal, frankly, to all the other reporters that there are going to be real limits” for proper behavior.

Moreover, as Politico notes, Trump’s D.C. hotel is under “a 60-year lease with the federal General Services Administration, which owns the property.” Given that arrangement, a blanket ban on the press raises First Amendment concerns. Trump’s D.C. hotel has also been an ethical sticking point during Trump’s transition, as some in Congress have raised concerns about a conflict of interest between the president-elect’s business interests and his administration’s influence over the General Services Administration.

From Politico’s January 18 article:

The Trump International Hotel in Washington is banning the media from its premises during inauguration week.

“Media is not allowed in this week in respect of the privacy of our guests,” Patricia Tang, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing wrote in an email.

A POLITICO reporter attempted to enter the hotel Wednesday morning for a previously scheduled breakfast meeting but was stopped at the door. He then identified himself as a journalist and was told “media” was not allowed.

President-elect Donald Trump and his three adult children own the project after winning a 2012 bid to redevelop D.C.’s Old Post Office. They have a 60-year lease with the federal General Services Administration, which owns the property.

A POLITICO reporter attempted to enter the hotel Wednesday morning for a previously scheduled breakfast meeting but was stopped at the door. He then identified himself as a journalist and was told “media” was not allowed.


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/01/18/donald-trumps-hotel-bans-press-inauguration-raising-first-amendment-concerns/215049

I found a bit more on this story today.

Reached for comment by CNNMoney, Tang made it clear at the outset that she didn't want to wade further into the matter.

"We really don't have any comment," she said by phone. "I mean, we gave all we're going to say, which is that we protect the privacy of our guests."

In his own story about the encounter, Lippman pointed out that Trump and three of his adult children have a 60-year lease on the hotel with the federal General Services Administration, the result of a winning bid to redevelop D.C.'s Old Post Office.

That lease stipulates that the public should enjoy access to the building's historic areas "subject to such reasonable rules and time restrictions as Tenant may formulate from time to time and as approved in writing by Landlord," although there is an exception for public safety.
When CNNMoney tried to ask whether a ban on the press might violate the hotel's lease, Tang grew agitated.

"Sir, you're not listening to what I'm saying. I'm hanging up now," she said, and then did so.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/18/media/donald-trump-hotel-bans-press/

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Reply Donald Trump's Hotel Bans Press For The Inauguration, Raising First Amendment Concerns (Original post)
herding cats Jan 2017 OP
bettyellen Jan 2017 #1
herding cats Jan 2017 #13
tazkcmo Jan 2017 #2
marybourg Jan 2017 #3
herding cats Jan 2017 #18
Angry Dragon Jan 2017 #4
TheCowsCameHome Jan 2017 #6
Angry Dragon Jan 2017 #8
SammyWinstonJack Jan 2017 #17
Girard442 Jan 2017 #5
Angry Dragon Jan 2017 #9
scscholar Jan 2017 #7
Buns_of_Fire Jan 2017 #12
scscholar Jan 2017 #14
bettyellen Jan 2017 #15
Achilleaze Jan 2017 #10
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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:41 PM

1. File a suit Friday, NYT, CNN and WaPo

 

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 06:40 PM

13. I'm hoping someone raises a stink.

We will see, but they really need to here.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:47 PM

2. Not a lawyer

Looking forward to an explanation of how many Amendments this violates or Federal laws and statutes it breaks from our DU law experts.

My dream is someone, someplace is waiting for Herr Twittler von Shit Gibbon to be sworn in before acting because being President suddenly puts him in violation of the law or is otherwise then exposed to possible impeachment charges.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:47 PM

3. They don't want the media to see which foreign country officials

are paying room rents, also known as "emoluments".

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Response to marybourg (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 19, 2017, 11:11 AM

18. Then Trump pays a visit to his hotel last night

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:48 PM

4. Trump is swamp scum

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:49 PM

6. Freshly drained.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:57 PM

8. that is where he found his cabinet picks ..... at the bottom of the swamp

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 08:11 PM

17. Heh.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:48 PM

5. They don't want the media to cover the orgies and human sacrifices.

I mean, with no press there, how can we know that's not the reason? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:58 PM

9. just having pissing contests

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 05:57 PM

7. And even worse is his decision to donate profits...

 

considering we don't trust him to pick the right charity.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 06:38 PM

12. What profits? Trumpsky's properties generate red ink.

Any halfway-competent accountant could fix it so there aren't any profits.

And, even if by some miracle, the books show a profit, guess which charity he'd choose to contribute to? Why, imagine that! It's going to Trumpsky's own charity! What a coincidence!

Remember, this guy thinks his own NAME is worth $3 billion. If he says there's no profit, by golly, there's no profit. The super-duper businessman said so!

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 06:56 PM

14. He certainly gets the difference between tax accounting and financial accounting...

 

which makes him dangerous.

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Response to scscholar (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 07:03 PM

15. Isn't this that only foreign deals? Yes, I assumed that meant he would start them and make sure no

 

Profits were shown till he was out of office.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 06:01 PM

10. Comrade Casino's covering up the cabal of Russian DipShits staying in his House of Ill Repute

Sneaky Republican bastard and his anti-American shitnannigans...

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 06:04 PM

11. Can I say conflict of interest as well as 1st amendment violation?

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 07:06 PM

16. This hotel contract should be voided on Friday by GSA.

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