Newhouse’s Roy Gutterman supports Senate resolution condemning White House treatment of the media

August 6, 2018

Newhouse professor Roy Gutterman is among the voices supporting a resolution introduced in the United States Senate last week.

The resolution condemns the White House’s attempts to restrict media access and affirms the importance of the free press. It was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and co-sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). The full text of the resolution is available online.

The resolution followed the Trump administration’s decision to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event after she questioned Trump on his relationship with his former attorney Michael Cohen.

Gutterman is quoted in a press release about the resolution that was issued from Blumenthal’s office.

“There is no stronger institution in democracy than a free and independent press. Our First Amendment protects our press and in turn enables our citizens to receive important information about our leaders and how our government works. In essence the First Amendment fuels our democracy. This goes beyond politics and party. News organizations should be lauded, not condemned.”

Gutterman is director of Newhouse’s Tully Center for Free Speech and holds degrees in journalism and law.