Accuracy in Media

GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump escalated his war with the media yesterday when he decided that his campaign would no longer issue press credentials to The Washington Post because of the paper’s “incredibly inaccurate coverage” of his campaign.

Trump issued the ban in a Facebook post on Monday:

“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.”

In another post he mentioned why he was upset at the Post:

“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!”

The Post was reporting on a TV interview Trump had given on Fox News, discussing the Orlando terrorist attack and President Obama’s response. 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.

The media read that statement to mean that Trump was connecting Obama to the attack, rather than what I believe was his real point—that the President refuses to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism” so as not to offend the Muslim community and draw attention to his administration’s failures to prevent domestic terrorist attacks like this from occurring.

Predictably, instead of focusing his efforts on combating domestic terrorism, Obama is using the latest attack to call for increased gun control, which would only make us less safe as a nation.

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  • Erudite Mavin

    As the saying goes, If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
    So Donald, there will be much more of this as it is with anyone campaigning and especially with anyone in the oval office.
    To save you the time and work revoking more and more press creds.
    drop out and allow a real Republican to run for President.

  • Surprise! Trump acts exactly as Obama did in 2008 when he kicked Fax News reporters off his plane.

  • Do us all a favor and stop inserting words in Donald’s mouth. We all knew what he meant and it was to draw a direct link between Obama and Islamic terrorism.

  • sirgareth

    Hillary has revoked the press privileges of 100% of media “news” outlets. She does not hold any unscripted press events. Not one.

    The Washington Post is part of the Clinton campaign, why should Trump pay for their access to his events?


    So what your saying is that it’s the job of the media to lie about everything and no one should try to do anything about that?

  • Erudite Mavin

    During the primaries, the NY times printed out right lies about Rubio and were documented incorrect.
    He knew that is what the liberal press does and just moved on after correcting them, not revoking their creds.

  • sirgareth

    …and he lost.