Reporter Banned from a National Press Club/Council on American Islamic Relations Event
The Council on American Islamic Relations held a symposium at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday. The Washington Times reports CAIR National Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed characterized Bush administration policies as driven by fear, and is irrational and divisive.Is there more to this story that’s not being reported? Or do reporter ejections from National Press Club events occur frequently enough to make this a non-event?
All this occurred after CAIR had banned some media outlets who allegedly had given it unfavorable coverage. A reporter from the Washington Times was thrown out after the meeting began.
Either way, banning reporters sure doesn’t seem to be consistent with the National Press Club’s stated mission…
The Club shall provide people who gather and disseminate news a center for the advancement of their professional standards and skills, the promotion of free expression, mutual support and social fellowship.