Trump is trying to strong-arm the news media

May 11, 2018, 04:21
Trump is trying to strong-arm the news media

The tweet, which also threatened to withhold press credentials from the offending media outlets, seems to allude to the fact that President Trump sees all negative coverage of him as being "fake", regardless of the actual facts. Trump wrote on Twitter.

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

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump complained that "91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)".

During his campaign, Trump barred reporters from certain news organizations, including The Washington Post and Des Moines Register, from covering his rallies and news conferences.

Since taking up the presidency, Trump has strongly favored news outlets that provide glowing coverage such as Fox News, the Daily Caller, Newsmax and Sinclair, a group of nearly 200 local TV stations. "A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favour", Margaret Talev, president of White House Correspondents Association said.

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta made a similar statement last month during an interview with Variety.

Since his election, Trump has toyed with various means of curbing media access, ostensibly to remind journalists that they are, to some extent, at his mercy. "Presenting an honest portrait of elected leaders", read an article on Wednesday, "even - and especially - against their will is, of course, why the First Amendment to the Constitution cements the role of a free press".

- Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 9, 2018 Trump threatens reporters' WH credentials and comatose @WHCA does nothing.

He has heaped more scorn on some outlets than others.

Asked about the tweet during her afternoon press briefing, Sanders, argued that the White House is accessible, as evidenced by her regular briefings and Trump's willingness to answer questions from pool reporters. Then a reality TV star, Trump was in the audience in 2011 when Barack Obama famously mocked him for renewing the "birther" conspiracy about the nation's first black president.

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