White House press secretary Jen Psaki was questioned at Wednesday’s briefing about a new report on media access at the border. NBC News reported that the Biden administration is “restricting the information Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs can share with the media” and that Customs and Border Protection Officials are saying they’ve “been told to deny all media requests for ‘ride-alongs’ with agents along the southern land border.” Fox News White House reporter Kristin Fisher asked Psaki: “Is the White House or DHS instructing border agents to refuse ride-along requests from reporters? Because that’s what a lot of our folks on the ground are hearing.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision not to make room for reporters on the plane for his first major overseas trip earlier this month drew scrutiny because his job is generally considered the most important in the Cabinet and there’s a rich tradition of secretaries of state keeping the public informed of foreign policy objectives.
Stung by a television reporter’s recent cornering of a court staffer, the 2nd Judicial District Court in New Mexico has issued a two-page memo on media access saying “film crews and reporters” must give 24 hours’ notice to the Clerk’s Office if they want to cover a court proceeding. t was met with immediate criticism by media representatives and free speech advocates.