Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa





Grassley: FCC Should Explain Manhandling News Reporter at Public Meeting

May 19, 2017

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the following comment on reports that Federal Communications Commission security guards manhandled a news reporter who tried to ask questions of a commissioner at a public meeting.   The commissioner reportedly apologized after the National Press Club and others expressed concern.

“The Federal Communications Commission needs to take a hard look at why this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.  As The Washington Post pointed out, it’s standard operating procedure for reporters to ask questions of public officials after meetings and news conferences.   It happens all day, every day.   There’s no good reason to put hands on a reporter who’s doing his or her job.”