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Reporters Push for 'More Access' to Candidates

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 01:35 PM

A group representing political reporters covering the White House says it's "alarmed" by the way both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have treated the press during the presidential campaign.

In a column in USA Today, the White House Correspondents' Association's new president, Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, and outgoing leader, Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal, vow they'll "continue to advocate for more access during this presidential campaign."

"The American people expect that anyone who seeks the highest office in the United States should be put under intense scrutiny," they write. "If he or she has an issue with that, Americans should take note."

They call out both presumptive nominees for their remarks and behavior during the primaries.

"The public's right to know is infringed if certain reporters are banned from a candidate's events because the candidate doesn't like a story they have written or broadcast, as Donald Trump has done," they write.

"Similarly, refusing to regularly answer questions from reporters in a press conference, as Hillary Clinton has, deprives the American people of hearing from their potential commander-in-chief in a format that is critical to ensuring he or she is accountable for policy positions and official acts."

"We will not have a truly free press and an informed electorate if the president doesn't believe he or she should be held accountable to inquiries from the media," the add.

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