Freedom Of The Press? Post Reporter Barred From Trump VP Rally

Isabella Ohlmeyer
A Washington Post reporter attempted to attend a political event for Mike Pence when security refused him access and invasively searched him for his cell phone.

A journalist was just trying to do his job and report on trending political news when he was declined access into a Mike Pence rally in Milwaukee.

Jose A. DelReal, a Washington Post reporter, was attempting to enter a rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate at the Waukesha County Exposition Center when he was denied by volunteers at a press check-in table, according to The Washington Post.

Jose A. DelReal

DelReal tried to get in through the general admission line just as the newspaper’s reporters did for Donald Trump’s events, since the presidential candidate recently denied Washington Post access from attending his events.

A security official told the reporter that he was not able to come to the event with his cell phone and laptop, and when DelReal asked if other attendees came in with their cellphones, the unidentified security official said, “Not if they work for The Washington Post.”

DelReal decided to cave in to the security official’s request and put his cell phone and laptop in his vehicle and came back in line where he was detained and invasively patted down by security personnel.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence RNC July 2016

Despite his effort of eliminating his electronic devices from the event and being patted down, the security official still refused access to the reporter.

“He said, ‘I don’t want you here. You have to go’,” DelReal said.

Trump has a distressed relationship with the media as he has revoked more than a dozen press credentials from reporters from his campaign events, Politico reported.

Mike Lotter, Pence’s press secretary, said, “Our events and open to everyone, and we are looking into the alleged incident.”

It seems as if both Trump and Pence are attempting to ban reporters from writing anything negative about their speeches, when in reality, all they are trying to do is report the truth. 

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