Two conservative senators are speaking out about The Daily Signal’s chief news correspondent, Fred Lucas, losing his “hard pass” access to the White House when new rules go into effect July 31.
Lucas has covered the White House for the past 14 years. The new rules will require that all White House “hard pass” holders have credentials from the Supreme Court (which gives credentials to a very limited number of journalists) or from Congress, which some conservative outlets have had trouble obtaining.
Lucas has applied for credentials for both Congress and the Supreme Court, but it’s unclear when he’ll hear whether he can obtain credentials or not.
“Normally the Biden White House asks Big Tech to censor conservatives for them, but it seems they’ve taken it into their own hands,” tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“The Biden White House can’t find out who brought in cocaine, but they sure can spot and throw out a conservative member of the press,” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
The official Twitter account for Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee also tweeted about it:
The House Judiciary Committee is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
As president, Joe Biden has shown himself unwilling to engage much with media.
According to the American Presidency Project, Biden has averaged about 10.3 news conferences a year, a stark decline from Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, who averaged 22 and 20.3 news conferences a year.
In April, The New York Times reported that Biden had only given 54 interviews during his presidency so far, while Trump and Obama did 202 and 275 interviews during their first two years, respectively.
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