Trump revokes media credentials of Washington Post

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday he was revoking the Washington Post's campaign credentials after the newspaper ran a headline suggesting he had accused President Barack Obama of involvement in a terrorist attack.

"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," Trump wrote on his Facebook page.

In a separate statement, the campaign called the Post's coverage opportunistic.

"We no longer feel compelled to work with a publication which has put its need for 'clicks' above journalistic integrity," the campaign said.

The Trump campaign accused Amazon chief executive and Post owner Jeff Bezos of using the paper for his personal advancement.

"The Washington Post is being used by the owners of Amazon as their political lobbyist so that they don't have to pay taxes and don't get sued for monopolistic tendencies that have led to the destruction of department stores and the retail industry," the statement said.

Earlier Monday, the Post ran a headline online saying, "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting" and pointing to statements made by Trump in interviews about Obama's response to the attacks.

The story pointed to remarks by Trump in a Fox News interview that, "we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he's got something else in mind."

He went on to say, "There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

The Washington Post said the move was "a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press."

"The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along - honourably, honestly, accurately, energetically and unflinchingly," editor Marty Baron wrote. "We're proud of our coverage, and we're going to keep at it."

Trump has often had an adversarial relationship with the media, lobbing abuse at reporters during rallies and press conferences and denying some reporters access to his events. At the same time, Trump has successfully generated media coverage for his campaign using his Twitter account and television interviews.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
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