Donald Trump has long assailed what he calls the “dishonest” media who he feels have not properly or accurately covered his campaign.
Things came to a head, Monday, when the Republican presidential nominee revoked The Washington Post’s press credentials, calling the paper “phony and dishonest.”
Trump took issue with the paper’s reporting of his comments about President Barack Obama’s handling of the Orlando nightclub shootings. In an interview with Fox News, Trump suggested Obama might have “something else in mind” and that “people” can’t believe “President Obama is acting the ways he acts.”
Some believed Trump’s comments suggested Obama was somehow complicit in terror or has not acted fast enough to stop it.
In a Facebook post, Trump took issue with how the Post covered that story.
Shortly after that post, he announced his campaign was “revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest” Post.
The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron plans to continue covering Trump’s campaign.
“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,” Baron said.
BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, Univision, and The Huffington Post have all been blocked by Trump recently. When Trump disagrees with a publication’s coverage (or a specific reporter’s), he has routinely denied press credentials to them.
The Huffington Post sent out a joking tweet to the Post, Monday, welcoming them to the bench.