Donald Trump has always had a contentious relationship with the media, which has intensified since he jumped into the race for president a year ago. Now, the presumptive Republican nominee has taken this hostility to a whole new level with the Washington Post.
Posting on his official Facebook page, Trump wrote, “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.”
The New York billionaire’s anger at the Post seems to have been brought on by a story the paper wrote claiming Trump implied President Obama had some sort of involvement in Saturday’s massacre at a gay club in Orlando.
“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,” he wrote.
The article in question began by outright saying that Trump seemed to “repeatedly accuse President Obama on Monday of identifying with radicalized Muslims” and being “complicit” in the Orlando mass shooting.
Below is the original Washington Post headline and the headline after it was changed.
— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall_Cohen) June 13, 2016
Washington Post editor Marty Baron was not pleased with Trump’s actions, claiming it does a lot to hurt freedom of the press.
“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,” he said before asserting that his paper had done nothing wrong and would continue to cover Trump as it sees fit.
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The Washington Post now joins The Huffington Post, Politico, BuzzFeed, and The Daily Beast as media outlets that have had press credentials pulled by the Trump campaign.