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Trump campaign keeps reporters in lockdown to hide embarrassing supporters

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Donald Trump’s campaign is now requiring journalists to remain in a designated, roped-off area at rallies.

According to TheHill.com, reporters must even ask permission to use the restrooms, which they can only do while accompanied by a campaign-approved escort.

Trump and his aides are reportedly attempting to prevent reporters from interacting with and interviewing supporters and covering protests like the violent incident in which Trump fans punched and kicked a Black Lives Matter protester.

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The press area is known as “the pen,” and NBC’s Katy Tur said on Tuesday via the social medium Twitter that the campaign is “now requiring media to have bathroom escorts at his rallies when leaving ‘the pen.'”

She went on to report: “Media told they aren’t allowed to leave ‘the pen’ while Trump is in the room. It’s now official policy that the secret service is enforcing. “Let’s be clear — this is even happening after the event.”

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A coalition of the five leading TV networks is currently trying to force Trump’s campaign to loosen its grip on reporters, who the networks say are intentionally being kept from doing their jobs.

“Senior managers from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News spoke with Trump aides last Monday to address their grievances,” said the Hill’s Mark Hensch.

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The notoriously thin-skinned Trump’s relationship with the media — who he called “scum” last month — has been a contentious one, with the real estate tycoon and former reality TV star picking fights with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly an accusing the network of trying to sabotage his campaign.

Ultimately, Trump and Fox News kissed and made up, but according to the Hill, other media outlets have weathered periodic freeze-outs by the campaign for their coverage, including BuzzFeed, the Des Moines Register, Fusion, The Huffington Post and Univision.


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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Poultry workers denied service over COVID-19 fears as businesses reopen: report

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On Monday, the Huffington Post explored how poultry workers in North Carolina are being denied service even as businesses reopen from COVID-19 lockdowns.

"The hair salon SmartCuts reopened its doors in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Memorial Day weekend after a long closure due to the coronavirus. But not every customer was welcome to hop in a chair like old times," reported Dave Jamieson. "A sign posted on the shop window explained: 'Due to the number of Tyson employees who have tested positive for Covid19, and given the close contact experienced during our services, we are unable to serve Tyson employees. We sincerely apologize for this decision, and we ask for your understanding.'"

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