Donald Trump Revokes Washington Post’s Press Credentials

Donald Trump

Donald Trump said that he is revoking the press credentials of the Washington Post, after complaining about a headline on one of their stories about his response to the terrorist attack in Orlando.

On Facebook and Twitter, Trump wrote that “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.”

Earlier, he had complained about a headline on a Post story, which keyed in on comments that Trump made on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

“I am no fan of President Obama, but to show you how dishonest the phony Washington Post is, they wrote, ‘Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting’ as their headline. Sad!” Trump wrote.

On “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that “we’re led by a man that is either not tough , not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. People cannot believe it. They cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways 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.”

The Post and other news outlets zeroed in on Trump’s suggestion that “there’s something going on.” The Wall Street Journal headlined its story on Trump’s comments, “Trump Suggests Obama Sympathetic to Islamic Terrorists.”

Martin Baron, the executive editor of the Post, said that Trump’s decision to revoke the 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 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.”

The headline to the story now reads, “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.” A Washington Post spokeswoman said that they changed the headline

We changed the headline in question shortly after it posted “to more properly reflect what Trump said.” She said the Trump campaign never contacted them about it.

Trump’s campaign has denied press access to reporters from Politico and BuzzFeed, but he has previously criticized the Post and the motives of its owner, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.

Last month, Trump accused Bezos of trying to use the Post as a “tool for political power against me and against other people,” and that Amazon had an “antitrust” problem.

Bezos said that Trump’s attacks were “not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to behave,” while noting that he welcomed scrutiny of Amazon.

Reporters Without Borders said that Trump’s decision was “a serious violation of freedom of the press.”

The organizations’s director in the United States, Delphine Halgand, said that they “strongly and unequivocally condemns this latest act of hostility toward the press as a serious violation of press freedom. How, in the country of the First Amendment, can the Republican party’s nominee for President justify revoking press credentials for one of the country’s major newspapers?”


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  1. Trump speaks the truth except when he lies which is most of the time says:

    Making America Great Again…by limiting free speech.

  2. LaurieTHayes says:

    ….My Uncle Joseph just got a new yellow Infiniti QX60 Hybrid just by some part-time working online with a macbook…. Read.More.Detail….

  3. Been Around A Long Long Time says:

    First he wants to stigmatize entire groups of people; next he wants to control the press. Funny, but this is all starting to sound weirdly familiar for some reason…

  4. Quicks says:

    I don’t blame him one bit. They are a disgrace to “journalism” with their hit pieces.

  5. BillUSA says:

    The liberal media makes it so that extreme measures have to be taken. The Post took great liberty with the original headline and just a little bit of it on the amended version. Trump didn’t out and out say that Obama is linked to the Orlando shootings, he merely suggested that Obama’s reluctance to call something what it is indicates a shortcoming in his Presidency.

    Then the rabid liberal readers out there take things a step (or two) further and react to Trump as if he’s some racist whiner hell-bent on making life miserable for everyone.

    I got news for you, Trump isn’t the best candidate in history, but as things are now he’ll have the best interests of this country at heart. The alternative is a criminal, a socialist and an incompetent politician who won’t own up to her mistakes. Did I miss the part about her being a liar?

    The sad thing is, the voting public is dominated by liberal and misguided youth who have no concern for the decline this country is experiencing, and I can’t say that Trump is going to be the slam-dunk winner despite Clinton’s ongoing FBI investigation. The only important thing to them is she’s a woman.

    • Dunstan says:

      Bill, keep defending this lunatic.

      He is a lying, bullying, racist, misogynist pig.

      I know someone who worked directly with him on “The Apprentice” and they verified his racist, bigoted attitude.

      I’m glad you choose to ignore his insane, impractical policies which would cost Americans dearly on just about every level.

      He has no respect for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or much of anything else. He has no idea how the three branches of government work

      If he’s such a champion of American jobs, why was his clothing line made in China and Mexico?

      Why did he leave numerous vendors unpaid for years?

      Hillary’s email situation is much ado about nothing. Nothing was compromised and other high-ranking government officials had similar arrangements before her.

      If the country is in such decline, how do you explain record low unemployment rates?

      How do you explain the fact that thanks to the Affordable Care Act more people have medical insurance than ever before and can’t be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions?

      But keep blaming liberals, Bill. It’s what people like you do ad nausem.

      One last thing: you’ve got your head so far up your behind, all you can see is Fox News.

      • H.M.L. says:

        Emphasis on the ”nauseam”. And his screen name sounds like a bad Craig T. Nelson 80’s sitcom.

  6. EricJ says:

    Every time Trump gets butthurt, he plays the “Totally unprofessional and inexcusable, he should not be allowed to (insert here)!” card, and then looks for something that can officially discredit them.

    Don…this is the real world, you can’t fire people in real life. (Which is going to come as a disappointment to all the voters who think he’s going to.)

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