Trump suggests revoking reporters' credentials for negative coverage

Trump suggests revoking reporters' credentials for negative coverage

Trump suggests revoking reporters' credentials for negative coverage

"The Fake News is working overtime", Trump tweeted.

Talev explained that part of having a free press is allowing people to report on the news whether it's good or bad, momentous or mundane, without "fear or favor".

Later Wednesday, the president of the White House Correspondents Association said in a statement that if Trump were to carry out his threat, it would be "an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment".

Newsweek reports that Trump's tweet was referencing a study from the conservative Media Research Center finding that 91% of "evaluative" statements about Trump made on nightly newscasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC from June to August of previous year were negative.

Taking away credentials would effectively bar networks from White House press conferences and severely restrict coverage of the President.


White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, insisted the administration is "very committed to a free press" and demonstrates that commitment through near-daily press briefings and access to the president.

Trump has referred to the "fake news" since his presidential campaign in 2016 and taking away press credentials wouldn't be without precedent.

One of the best suggestions I heard early on in Trump's presidency was that instead of being spun - and bashed - at the White House press briefings, the major news organizations should send their interns to cover it. But here's a weird thing: there is a new study of network news coverage today.

He has heaped more scorn on some outlets than others.

In a tweet directed at Trump, he wrote: " 'Take away credentials?' These authoritarian impulses of yours are anti-American".

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