Ocasio-Cortez Explains Why She Shut Press Out Of Townhall Event — Reporters Call Bull

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reason for banning the press from last Sunday’s public town hall event left already concerned reporters even more baffled than before.

The New York Congressional candidate, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in June and is set to become the youngest woman elected to Congress, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to explain the reasoning behind her decision.

“Our community is 50% immigrant,” she tweeted. “Folks are victims of DV, trafficking, + have personal medical issues. This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time. We indicated previously that it would be closed to press. Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on. We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets came in response to The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim, who tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez was “in for a rough time on Capitol Hill — where reporters roam freely at all hours of the day and night — if this is her attitude toward the press.”

“Campaign says ‘We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press,'” Kim continued. “Then make it a private event. Don’t make it a public event and then ban the press.”

Campaign spokesman Corbin Trent had earlier stated that press would be welcome as long as “logistics” could be adjusted “to fix Alexandria’s national profile” (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Shuts Press Out Of Event That Was Open To Public)

But many reporters weren’t buying any of the Democratic Socialist candidate’s explanation. Here’s a sampling of Twitter skepticism expressed in response to her latest tweet:

Finally, the New York Times’ Jose Del Real drew a “flashback” to the last presidential election when he and other Washington Post colleagues “were banned from Trump campaign events and town halls.”

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