Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 17, 2018
We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open.
The press is a vulnerable population! Didn't you read those 300 editorials? https://t.co/X8uIj3iU6N— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) August 17, 2018
Every politician in NYC holds constant events in immigrant communities and has done so since the dawn of time, the press covering these forums is totally normal. https://t.co/pyK7mf5JbC— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 17, 2018
There's a difference between personal casework and a town hall event.— Tim Mak (@timkmak) August 17, 2018
Public discourse requires that all members of the public be allowed to attend or review the event. That includes being open press. https://t.co/egymFdFv3V
Calling a legitimate story (reporting on a campaign's barring of press at an otherwise public event because the campaign felt it would be a distraction) a "non-story" is not a good look. https://t.co/VhYfr7y5BC https://t.co/GKS33R2Anh— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) August 17, 2018
And how does the presence of reporters make people feel unsafe?— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 17, 2018
Not sure this holds up. Press banned to make voters more comfortable, except anyone could have walked in as long as they claimed to be a future constituent - unless all attendees had their backgrounds were vetted. Which means it wasn’t ‘open to the public.’ => https://t.co/jDR6j1Yaes— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) August 17, 2018
You cannot ban members of the press from events that are otherwise open to the public.— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) August 17, 2018
That is not how it works.
It's really quite condescending to call it a non-story @Ocasio2018 - it's very simple, if you wanted a private event, keep it private. But you chose to ban the press from a public event. https://t.co/12qFq5ihjo— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 17, 2018