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Reporters say Biden transition team disabled Zoom chat, preventing them from asking questions

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On a conference Zoom call with President-elect Joe Biden‘s transition team, the team disabled the “chat” function for reporters to ask questions, according to reporters who were on the call.

Reporters on the call had to use a “raise hand” function to register if they wanted to ask a question, Fox News reported.

After the call, where the transition team answered only five questions, The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein and other reporters expressed their frustrations and asked to make the sessions more frequent or longer, as a significant number of questions were ignored.

Stein tweeted that he had been “routinely complaining to them to take more questions.”

“Hey guys, there [are] tons of folks looking to ask questions and since this is being done once a week, could we PLEASE go longer or at least hold more frequent briefings,” Stein wrote during a Zoom call.

“Any chance you can take a few more questions? There are a lot of folks here with questions,” The Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller added.

“Is there a point in saying we want to ask questions if you only call on the same small group every week?” said White House reporter Andrew Feinberg.

Despite Biden’s campaign team saying “transparency is incredibly important” regarding their relationship with the press, there has been many reports of media suppression or censorship from the left.

After Facebook and Twitter prevented stories about the Hunter Biden probe from being shared on the platforms before the November election, President Donald Trump accused media outlets and social media companies of “conservative discrimination.”

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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