A note from New York Press Club President, Steve Scott.
At a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton's campaign team literally
using a rope line to keep them away from the candidate as she marched along the parade route. Photos from the scene show reporters penned in
by rope. CBS News reports Clinton aide Huma Abedin shouted, "Keep walking! Keep walking!" as journalists found themselves cordoned off
from the candidate.
The New York Press Club condemns the ever-increasing practice of walling off journalists (figuratively and literally)
from public figures at public events.
"There's a long history of journalists walking alongside candidates and officeholders in holiday parades,"
said Press Club President Steve Scott.
"Included in that long history is a tradition of unhindered, on-the-record press access
to our public officials."
"As president of the New York Press Club, I make no comment about Hillary Clinton's candidacy. But, I do call on Mrs. Clinton and all
candidates to provide journalists with the access they need to properly do their jobs."
"Incidents such as what happened at the New Hampshire parade give journalists one more question to ask, once they free themselves
from their rope corral: 'Why fence us out?'"