Donald Trump on Monday said he is revoking the press credentials for all Washington Post journalists. They will no longer be able to attend any campaign events.
Trump says the Washington Post has been “phony and dishonest” about his campaign and he will no longer tolerate their lopsided stories.
In a Facebook post, the presumptive GOP nominee attributed the decision to the newspaper’s “incredibly inaccurate coverage” of him.
Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron responded to Trump’s accusations.
“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 Washington Post is one of the most respected newsrooms in the United States with one of the largest readerships.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has blocked a certain publication over disagreements on how they report the news. BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, Univision, and The Huffington Post are just a few of the publications that have been blocked.
The Huffington Post tweeted at The Post on Monday afternoon and said “Welcome to the club.”
Trump was apparently angry about a Post story that summarized comments he made about the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“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,” Trump wrote. “Sad!”
That headline was published following an interview Trump gave to Fox News on Monday morning.
“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 eventually issued a different headline that reads, “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.”