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Donald Trump on Monday said on social media that his campaign is pulling press credentials for the Washington Post.
“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,” Trump said in a Facebook post.
In a lengthier statement on his decision, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said The Post crossed the line one too many times, in his opinion, and a Monday headline was the last straw.
“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,” Trump said in his second statement. “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 Post was quick to respond to the first mention of the ban.
“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,” editor Marty Baron said in a statement. “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.”
Trump has criticized the “sloppy” Post numerous times and taken plenty of swings at the paper’s owner, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos.
Monday was no different. In his second statement, Trump once again went after Post brass.
“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,” Trump said in the Monday statement.
In May, Trump accused Bezos, the founder of Amazon, of using the newspaper as his “toy.”
“He’s using it as a tool for political power against me and other people,” Trump said, adding that he believes Bezos has a “huge antitrust problem” because of his multiple business dealings.
“Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise,” he said then. “He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed.”
Bezos responded then by saying Trump’s remarks were “not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to behave.”
Trump has blasted the media in general almost daily since announcing his bid for the White House.
The billionaire businessman routinely points out the media during his rallies and tells the crowd how little he thinks of those in the business.
Trump also has personally insulted numerous members of the media both at rallies and through the social media platforms on which he has tens of millions of followers in total.
The Washington Post and The New York Times, along with CNN, seem to be Trump’s top favorite targets to criticize.
Some Washington Post reporters responded to the news from Trump with humor.
It’s the FAILING Washington Post. Get it right! https://t.co/ZUOMkORVt1
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) June 13, 2016
June 13 3:27 p.m.: Story updated with new statement from Trump
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