A misleading headline at the Washington Post was the last straw for Donald Trump on Monday, when he suddenly revoked the paper’s press credentials.
Trump had given an interview Monday morning regarding the Orlando terror attack, where he made the comment:
“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said of Obama. “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.”
The Washington Post headline was: ‘Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting’.
In return, Trump posted the following Facebook message:
He next announced their press privileges would be revoked for the dishonest headline:
A statement released on his website reads as follows:
The Washington Post unfortunately covers Mr. Trump very inaccurately. Today’s headline, “Donald Trump Suggests President Obama Was Involved With Orlando Shooting” is a perfect example. We no longer feel compelled to work with a publication which has put its need for “clicks” above journalistic integrity.
They have no journalistic integrity and write 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.
Washington Post Executive editor Marty Baron has responded as follows:
“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.”
The Post later edited its story to soften the headline, which now reads: “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”
CNN reports that BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, Univision and The Huffington Post have all been blocked by Trump as well in recent months.
Trump has never been hesitant to call out reporters and news publications for “dishonest reporting.”
In December, Trump called out the owner of The Washington Post, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, saying his purchased of The Washington Post was part of a tax scam. He said Bezos is “using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.”
Bezos has accused Trump of trying to “chill the media.” BuzzFeed has said they will refuse to print his campaign ads. Politico says Trump’s ban is a “violation of the basic right of a free press to report.”
NPR said Trump “loves the media’s attention but hates the media’s reporting.”
Mr. Trump has always maintained he appreciates media that is honest and fair. He has often called out the camera operators at his events, for refusing to show the size of the crowd, instead always keeping the cameras only focused on himself.
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