I’m really starting to love this guy:
Donald Trump said Monday that he is “revoking” the Washington Post’s press access at his campaign events, calling the newspaper “phony and dishonest.”
In a Facebook post, the presumptive GOP nominee attributed the decision to the newspaper’s “incredibly inaccurate coverage” of him.
The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron responded:
“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.”
This has nothing to do with freedom of the press. WaPo is free to print any damn thing they want. The constitution doesn’t say anything about press credentials or a right to access.
The Washington Post, like all our major media outlets, is a for-profit corporation. For the media, access is money. Donald Trump does not have to help them make money.
Trump is still a private citizen but even presidents can grant or deny access in any way they choose. Remember Obama’s “War on Fox News”?
But wait! There’s more!
Monday’s announcement was an astonishing move by the Trump campaign, given the Post’s status as one of the most respected newsrooms in the United States.
I laughed so hard I had to change my underwear.