Congressman on Obama’s Media Border Tours: “This is the kind of media that they had in the former Soviet Union”

Posted by on Jul 08, 2014 at 9:53 am

We have to disagree with Congressman Jim Bridenstine. The Soviet Union had a more open and diverse media and greater access to their leaders.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) on Tuesday compared the way the media is being handled at the United States border to the former Soviet Union.

Bridenstine, who was denied access last week to a detention facility in Oklahoma where more than 1,000 children are being housed, said he’d been invited back on Saturday and that journalists would get to tour the facility on Thursday.

But he criticized the terms for the visit.

The center told news outlets by email that “the media can come, it’ll be a 40-minute tour, but you can’t ask questions, you can’t talk to the staff, you can’t talk to the medical doctors, you can’t talk to the children,” Bridenstine said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“If you would like to take pictures, you can’t do that, but we’ll send pictures to you,” Bridenstine said.

“This is the kind of media that they had in the former Soviet Union,” he added. “This is not the kind of unfettered access that we expect in the United States when the president is going to ask for $2 billion.”

We’re OK with providing this funding. It should be met with across the board cuts in every other department to help pay for it, and we should also put a freeze on Obama’s vacation and travel budget, which would more than make up a good portion of the $2 billion.


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