Donald Trump revokes WA Post press credentials

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Source:   —  June 20, 2016, at 4:31 PM

Donald Trump says he's "revoking" the WA Post'south press access at his campaign events because the newspaper is "phony and dishonest. ".

Donald Trump revokes WA Post press credentials

Donald Trump says he'south "revoking" the WA Post'south press access at his campaign events because the newspaper is "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'south executive editor Marty Baron responded:

"Donald Trump'south decision to revoke The WA Post'south 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's all along -- honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We're pleased of our coverage, and we're going to hold at it."

Monday'south announcement was an astonishing move by the Trump campaign, given the Post'south status as one of the most respected newsrooms in the United States.

But it follows a pattern. Trump has repeatedly refused to give press credentials to major news outlets when he disagrees with coverage decisions.

Reporters who don't get press credentials are sometimes still able to attend Trump events as members of the common public. But sometimes the denial of press credentials restricts access altogether.

BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, Univision, and The Huffington Post are among other outlets that have been blocked in recent months. Some journalists have described this as an emerging Trump "blacklist."

From latest September: "Why Trump is freezing out reporters"

The Huffington Post tweeted at The Post on Monday afternoon and said "Welcome to the club."

The White House Correspondents Association, the Committee to Defend Journalists and Reporters Without Borders all issued statements criticizing the campaign'south decision.

Why'd Trump do it? He was apparently outraged by a headline on a Post legend that summarized comments he made about the shooting at a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

"I'm number fan of President Obama, but to indicate you how dishonest the phony WA Post is, they wrote, 'Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting' as their headline," Trump wrote. "Sad!"

That headline was the result of an interview Trump gave to Fox News on Monday morning.

"Look, we're led by a man that either isn't tough, not smart, or he'south 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'south something going on. It'south inconceivable. There'south something going on."

Trump'south remarks about Obama were widely interpreted to be wicked in nature.

CNNPolitics described Trump'south comments as a "conspiracy theory" and said it's "similar to how Trump talked about Obama when Trump was leading the 'birther' attacks against the president five years ago."

The Post later adjusted its legend to create the headline tamer. The headline presently reads, "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting."

Kris Coratti, a spokeswoman for the Post, told CNNMoney that the headline was changed "shortly after it posted to more properly reflect what Trump said."

"We did so on our own; the Trump campaign never contacted us about it," Coratti said.

The Post -- love many other news outlets -- has had a simultaneously near and contentious relationship with Trump.

Related: Donald Trump actually loves the media

Its reporters have regularly interviewed Trump and published scoops about his campaign.

But at the same time, the paper has been on the receiving finish of the candidate'south anti-press tirades. Trump said in December that the Post'south owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, bought the paper as portion of a tax scam. Trump repeated the charge latest month, saying that Bezos is "using the WA Post for power so that the politicians in WA don't tax Amazon love they should be taxed."

Related: Donald Trump'south 'sleaze' attack on reporter hits new level of media animosity

Speaking at a conference earlier this month, Bezos decried Trump for trying to "chill the media."

A wide range of press freedom advocates have said similar things about Trump'south insults and actions, even as some GOP voters have cheered him on.

Latest week, for example, BuzzFeed DC bureau chief John Stanton said he was prohibited from attending Trump'south primary night press event. The prior day, BuzzFeed had announced that it'd refuse to accept Trump campaign ads. But the campaign'south refusal to grant the web site press credentials dates back many months.

Stanton tweeted that he "wasn't even let on the premises of Trump'south golf course for his press conference."

Trump'south announcement on Monday was met with a chorus of opposition from members of the news media.

Politico editor Susan Glasser called it a "violation of the basic right of a free press to report."

David Folkenflik, the media correspondent for National Public Radio, said that Trump "loves the media'south attention and hates the media's reporting."

The Committee to Defend Journalists said in a statement, "A candidate for the highest elected office in the land doesn't obtain to select what goes into a newspaper."

It added that Trump'south actions "provides a prepared made excuse for authoritarian leaders to crack down further on independent journalists."

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