As the treatment of reporters under the Trump administration continues to gain attention in Washington, two members of the Senate Commerce Committee have asked the panel to hold a hearing on the state of the media.
Multichannel News reports that the effort by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) comes partly in response to an incident last week in which a reporter had a run-in with FCC security.
“Both are members of the committee and both sent a letter to the FCC seeking info on what happened May 18 when a reporter said he was pinned against the wall by security guards for trying to ask a question of a commissioner after a meeting,” the story reports.
The report adds: “The senators cited Trump administration hostility toward the press, plus the proliferation of ‘fake news,’ for wanting the committee to hold the hearing — they said the last committee hearing on the state of journalism was in 2009 and that a new look was needed to ‘refresh the record.'”