It’s Monday the 27th of February, 2017 and the White House crossed another Rubicon.

Last Friday afternoon, journalists from The New York Times, CNN, Politico, BuzzFeed News, and The Los Angeles Times  were barred from a White House briefing by the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer.

Curtailing press freedoms—not to mention access by ordinary Americans to news and truth from their democratically-elected government—is the behavior of dictators and authoritarians.

But don’t just listen to me. Sir Winston Churchill said it better:

A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny. 

What happened in the White House last Friday was not normal, and it was disgusting.  Shame on those who authorize, promote, or tolerate this behavior. 

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