By Rob Capriccioso
She made the concurrent point that Fox News gets in, no problem, and so does The New York Post.
I’ve also faced difficulty getting a congressional press pass as a Washington staff reporter for Indian Country Today. Not because the powers that be say we’re advocacy-oriented, but because they flat out equate tribes as foreign governments and/or lobbyists. No exceptions. Because the paper I work for is owned by a company that’s owned by a tribe, somehow that means our journalism is tainted. No matter our principles, no matter our aim for truth and accuracy, no matter our awards—there’s something wrong with us.
The U.S. Senate Periodical Press Gallery says those are the rules. But what the situation really boils down to is a U.S. government bias against tribes. The same U.S. government that strives to protect the 1st Amendment; that holds freedom of the press up as an important symbol of our country’s greatness; that likes to say it has a special relationship with tribes. If special means unfair, then that’s news to me.
Of course, I don't see a problem with letting the truly foreign press cover the White House too. Freedom of the press means letting everyone in: from the august New York Times to Chinese and Native journalists to bloggers in their pajamas.
For more on the subject, see Native Journalism: To Tell the Truth.