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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