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Breitbart Congressional Press Credentials Application Declined

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Breitbart's congressional press credentials request has been declined. (Robwilson39/Dreamstime.com)

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 06:13 AM

A request by Breitbart to get permanent congressional press credentials or have its temporary credentials extended beyond the current May 31 expiration date has been tabled by the Standing Committee of Correspondents.

The committee, composed of five reporters from traditional media outlets, controls who has access to membership in the Senate Press Gallery. Members have expressed concerns about Breitbart’s connections to the current administration and donors to GOP candidates, including President Donald Trump.

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov has disputed any current connections between its staff and the White House, stating former chairman Steve Bannon, now Trump’s chief strategist, no longer has any part in the running of Breitbart.

Solov also has stated GOP donor Rebekah Mercer, whose family partly owns Breitbart, has no editorial control over the news network, and that the Government Accountability Institute, which Mercer’s family also partly owns, has no connection at all to Breitbart, despite the fact that several key Breitbart staff members had previously worked there, CNN Money reported.

“We have fully and fairly cooperated with your inquiries in good faith, and believe that we have met and responded to the concerns you have raised,” Solov said in a letter to the committee, Politico reported. “[Breitbart] is an editorially independent news organization and is entitled to and deserves issuance of its permanent Senate Press Gallery credentials.”

Breitbart has not found a permanent office since Steve Bannon left to become Trump’s strategist, which is a requirement for getting permanent press credentials, CNN reported. The news organization had been using Bannon’s home, which was not zoned for commercial use, for its headquarters until Bannon left the organization.

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A request by Breitbart to get permanent congressional press credentials or have its temporary credentials extended beyond the current May 31 expiration date has been tabled by the Standing Committee of Correspondents.
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