According to The Guardian, Republicans have reportedly announced that the media will be banned from attending the party’s upcoming national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina due to concerns over COVID-19.
The GOP was expected to dramatically scale back its convention plans in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but blocking out the press is a move that, if confirmed, will shock many.
A rough plan
Indeed, it seems the spectacle that President Donald Trump has long been yearning for won’t be happening this year. The GOP moved its convention to Jacksonville, Florida after leaders in Charlotte failed to guarantee that events could be held at full capacity in light of COVID-19, but they had to backtrack as the pandemic continued to rage on throughout the summer.
Now, the convention is just three weeks away, and the GOP has reportedly announced big changes from past events in hopes of keeping everyone safe.
The Guardian reports:
Citing coronavirus-related health concerns, a convention spokesperson told the Associated Press that media members would be turned away in order to assure compliance with state and local guidelines “regarding the number of people who can attend events.”
According to The Guardian, the spokeswoman told the AP that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is “planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed [to] press Friday, August 21–Monday, August 24.”
She allegedly went on: “We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”
“No final decision has been made”
Republicans haven’t announced the plans outright, however, and they haven’t confirmed the reports from the AP and others.
“No final decision has been made and we are still working through logistics and press coverage options,” Michael Ahrens, the communications director for the RNC, said in a statement to NBC News.
He went on: “We are working with the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”
Ahrens also suggested that a livestream option may be available for journalists who want to cover the event — although it’s hard to say whether they would do so fairly.
Indeed, it seems many in the media are focused on only the bad news about President Trump. And as November’s election draws closer, that will only become more and more obvious.