The Washington Post has joined a growing list of newspapers to be denied press credentials by the campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Known as a mainstay of solid American political coverage, this is probably the first time the Washington Post has been banned from a presidential campaign.
Trump has revoked the newspaper’s press credentials from his campaign over what he dubs their “incredibly inaccurate reporting,” adding the newspaper is “phony and dishonest.”
As reported by Bloomberg, Trump headed to Facebook to make the announcement, saying, “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record-setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.”
The Washington Post is not alone, as it now joins a growing list of news outlets that have been banned by The Donald. Trump has already banned the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Politico, and the Daily Beast is reportedly denied press credentials on a routine basis, whenever they report something the Republican presidential hopeful doesn’t like.
In their own recent article, the Washington Post noted that the fact they are now barred from campaign events is something everyone should worry about.
In a statement, the newspaper’s editor, Marty Baron, wrote that “Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the Washington Post’s press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press. When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished.”
“The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along — honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it.”
— Marty Baron (@PostBaron) June 13, 2016
Trump is well-known for courting the press to get favorable coverage of his businesses, but since he has been on the presidential campaign trail, things have changed.
He is known for calling specific reporters a “real beauty,” while calling others “scum” and in the case of Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Trump referred to her as “crazy and unwatchable.”
The post that reportedly upset Trump was initially titled “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting,” but was later amended to read: “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”
What the article spoke about was the fact Trump appears to repeatedly accuse President Obama of identifying with radicalized Muslims, who have recently carried out terror attacks in the U.S. and are complicit in the recent mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando.
In an interview with Fox, and quoted by the Post, Trump said, “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind.”
“And the something else in mind — you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’. There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
In a longer statement released Monday night and referring to that article, Trump went on to say, “We no longer feel compelled to work with a publication which has put its need for ‘clicks’ above journalistic integrity.”
We count at least 7 outlets Trump has barred from events—Nat Review, Daily Beast, HuffPo, Buzzfeed, WaPo, Politico, DMR, who else?
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) June 13, 2016
The statement claimed the Post has “no journalistic integrity and writes falsely about Mr. Trump.”
“Mr. Trump does not mind a bad story, but it has to be honest. The fact is, The Washington Post is being used by the owners of Amazon as their political lobbyist so that they don’t have to pay taxes and don’t get sued for monopolistic tendencies that have led to the destruction of department stores and the retail industry.”
— Frank Sesno (@franksesno) June 14, 2016
In an article by Politico, the various bans over the months of Trump’s campaign have targeted “legacy organization, broadcast news outlets and digital publications alike,” saying that many are in response to editorials or articles that reflect poorly on The Donald.
Trump has revoked the Washington Post’s press credentials. If elected, he will build a wall around 13th and K Streets.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) June 13, 2016
Politico also mentioned Gawker has been banned from attending Trump’s campaign rallies, along with a host of other more localized reporting outlets.
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