Being designated as a member of the media in Washington, D.C. is a big deal. Because of powerful media groups like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post and others, officials in D.C. are wary about offending the media and make sure to tread softly around issues that concern the media's right to report on their actions.

But one conservative group, Judicial Watch, recently lost its media status. That turned out to be a big deal because members of the media qualify for some special perks.

You see, Judicial Watch is one of the strongest groups pushing FOIA requests through the government. FOIA stands for the Freedom of Information Act, and it's the reason that we're able to see into Hillary Clinton's emails and understand how crooked she really is.

FOIA requests are handled on a department by department basis, but Judicial Watch was recently denied status as a media organization. That meant that it had to pay high fees for its FOIA requests and that those requests were often stonewalled or deliberately slowed.

Judicial Watch's media status was removed by a White House liaison named Gregory Mecher. Mecher has done lots of work for the Democratic party, but this decision went far beyond that. Not only did Mecher sign off on the move to mark Judicial Watch as non-media, but when Judicial Watch appealed the decision, Mecher was again the one to deny the appeal.

An Inspector General's report said that move explicitly went against government policy. The same person who denies the first request isn't allowed to deny the appeal as well.

"It’s outrageous but not surprising. Welcome to our world. This is what we put up with all the time from the agencies," said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch.

This type of behavior is terrible. At least it's now coming out into the open.

h/t: Washington Times

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