White House Shift Revokes 440+ Press Passes

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(TheRedWire.com) – Following a recent change in the White House press office rules, at least 442 reporters have lost their passes.

In May, the White House announced the new updated standards for the renewal of “hard passes.” Those journalists who are not eligible for hard passes can still obtain day passes.

According to a Politico report, the number of White House correspondents with credentials had been reduced from 1417 to 975 following the expiration of yearly passes on July 31. The report stated that the number of passes included a mix of renewals and new applicants.

The White House revealed to Politico that out of all the reporters, only one had their hard pass denied and that all other reporters who had lost their passes had failed to reapply.

Those who have lost their hard passes have been given a grace period until August 10 to keep using their current passes. They can apply for a pass by providing all the necessary materials during this period.

In May, the White House press office sent the new standards and guidelines for complex pass renewal to journalists through an email. Reporters were required to fit several criteria, including showing that they were employed full-time by an organization focused on news and having an address in Washington, D.C. They were also required to show that they had been to the White House at least once in the last six months and that within the past three months, they had been employed to cover the White House.

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