Donald Trump’s fight with the First Amendment continues as he is now refusing to talk to The Washington Post, one of the largest newspapers in the country.
The Washington Post joins a long list of other media outlets that the presumptive Republican nominee is refusing to talk to.
“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,” read a post on Trump’s Facebook page.
The straw that seemed to break the camels back for Trump is a headline The Washington Post published Monday titled “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting,” later in the day the title was edited to “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting,”
The Hill Talk outlet also published a piece about Trump’s comments on Fox News Monday morning.
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands—it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable,” Trump said on Fox News. “There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
Post editor Martin Baron called this move by Donald Trump “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,” he said.
Executive editor Kathleen Carrol of the Associated Press backed The Washington Post and pointed out that the First Amendment and a free and independent press is the best expression and defense of, freedoms in the United States.
“This is a race for the most powerful position on the planet. The public is interested in what the candidates do and say and having independent coverage is part of what keeps the public informed,” she said. “The founders who crafted the U.S. Constitution may very well have disliked some of the stories written about them, but they enshrined the right to a free press in the First Amendment anyway.”
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