It's happening. Trump and his gang's war on the media and plans to assert near-dictatorial powers are coming to a head: (cross posted to the Trump dictatorship and Trump war on media thread)
A reporter in West Virginia was arrested at the state capitol after repeatedly trying to ask President Donald Trump's health secretary Tom Price questions on Tuesday about a Republican bill to replace Obamacare. The arrest of veteran journalist Dan Heyman in a hallway in the Charleston capitol building was strongly criticized by his lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union. And it came on the same day that two Republican congressmen blasted Price's Health and Human Services Department for a "potentially illegal and unconstitutional" memo issued May 3 restricting his subordinates from communicating independently with Congress without first informing HHS....Heyman's arrest came after he tried to question Price, who was in Charleston, West Virginia, with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, about the Republican Obamacare replacement bill, which the Trump administration has championed. Specifically, Heyman said he was asking Price whether suffering from domestic violence would be classified as a so-called pre-existing condition under that bill....At a news conference following his arrest, Heyman, who works for Public News Service and had been wearing his press pass during the incident, said Price "didn't say anything." "So I persisted," Heyman said. "At some point, I think they decided I was too persistent trying to do my job." A West Virginia police officer then detained Heyman, handcuffed him and arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of willful disruption of state government processes...Jamie Lynn Crofts, legal director for the ACLU of West Virginia, called on authorities to drop the charges. She also said that the arrest of Heyman is part of a pattern that has occurred since Trump became president."They have shown us every day since Donald Trump took office they don't care about the First Amendment or the free press. Today was just another example of that. It's horrifying," Crofts said.