Trump Just Yanked Washington Post's Press Credentials. | Gradient

Trump just yanked Washington Post’s press credentials.


Getting your press credentials revoked from the Trump campaign is sort of like baptism of fire among modern journalism. Heck, maybe it’s even a badge of honor. The Daily Beast, Politico, Buzzfeed and even, for whatever their other faults, Huffington Post have managed to get blocked from Trump’s campaign.

But Donald Trump’s announcement today that the Washington Post would join its colleagues on the blacklist comes as a bit of a shock, since it’s not part of the new wave of journalistic outlets. WaPo is one of America’s oldest extant papers with a sterling journalistic reputation. Blocking them from covering a campaign would be pretty insane for most campaigns. For Donald Trump’s, it’s not even the craziest thing he’s said in the past hour.


The point of conflict here seems to be that Washington Post quoted Trump directly. Earlier today, Trump told Fox and Friends: “Look guys, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or has something else in mind. And the something else in mind — people can’t believe it… There’s something going on.”

From these quotes, the Post wrote an article headlined: Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting. (Trump erroneously quoted it as: “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting” on Facebook).

If Trump was not implying that the President may have radical Islamic sympathies, then that’s something he ought to clarify, as it’s definitely the natural reading of his quote. But he’ll have to clarify it to other reporters because the Post’s aren’t going to be allowed in the building. This is, perhaps, a small taste of journalism under Trump’s America: A land in which you can either report favorably about the Trump presidency or get yourself banned from the White House Press Briefing Room.

The Washington Post responded shortly after Trump’s announcement.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, Gradient covered the story too.

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