• Hillary Camp Bans Reporter from Covering Event

    The U.S. political editor for the British news organization The Daily Mail, David Martosko, was denied access to a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Monday – despite the fact he had been designated as the “pool reporter” for the day.

    Clinton staffers offered varied and contradictory reasons for their decision to bar Martosko, who has been critical of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s lack of transparency and access, from the event. Hillary staffers didn’t even allow him to use the restroom; he was advised to “hit the woods.”

    Martosko, the former executive editor of The Daily Caller, summarized a conversation that he’d had with Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill in a pool report.

    First Merrill said that the concern had to do with the Daily Mail’s status as foreign press. He then said that the campaign’s position is that the Daily Mail doesn’t qualify because it hasn’t yet been added to the White House’s regular print pool.

    Finally, he said, “This isn’t about you. It’s about a larger –” and didn’t continue his sentence.

    Merrill later insisted that his reasons were not based on the foreign-press question, but that the campaign simply wanted a day to “have a conversation” about how to proceed.

    “We’re going to make the decision,” he said, referring to choosing whether to give access to the designated print pooler. There was no clear resolution of his circumstances, or the “conversation” within the Clinton campaign.

    Martosko has been one of the more vocal pool members speaking out about the campaign’s tight grip on the press. He posted a tweet on Saturday, criticizing how other reporters have covered the event after Clinton re-launched her campaign during a speech in New York.

    The New Hampshire GOP weighed in and released a statement after Martosko was denied access, citing Clinton’s lack of transparency.

    “Hillary Clinton continues to run a secretive campaign that limits access to the press and to the public because she doesn’t want to answer questions about her failed record. This is a troubling trend that raises serious questions about Secretary Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness,” said New Hampshire GOP chairman Jennifer Horn. “Hillary Clinton’s secretive campaign is based on a clear sense of entitlement and arrogance, and it undermines New Hampshire’s tradition of open and accessible campaigning.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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