The ban that wasn’t

The Senate hallway interview ban is over

At least for now, reporters are free to interrogate the senator of their choice.

The ban that wasn’t

4
The number of hours reporters were banned from interviewing Senators in Capitol building hallways without permission.
The ban that wasn’t

The Senate hallway interview ban is over

At least for now, reporters are free to interrogate the senator of their choice.

For a period of about four hours today, reporters were not allowed to conduct interviews with senators in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol.

The ban lasted from around 11:30am ET to 3:30pm ET, if you go by the timestamps of tweets from NBC News correspondent Kasie Hunt first revealing the ban and then the reversal. The ban reportedly prevented reporters from recording video or audio interviews without prior permission from the senator being interviewed and the Senate Rules Committee.

The move prompted widespread criticism, and the ACLU even issued a statement decrying the new restrictions. About two hours into the ban, Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby issued a statement explaining that “no additional restrictions have been put in place by the Rules Committee”, and the ban itself was suspended two hours after that.

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