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Trump Threatens Government Action Against Reporters, Suggests Pulling Press Credentials

11 May 2018, 04:21 | Colleen Roy

Trump on ' fake' news: 'Take away credentials'

President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Tuesday

At Wednesday's media briefing, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, defended the concept of a free press, but declined to explicitly rule out stripping reporters of their credentials if Trump does not like what they write.

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

"The Media Research Center studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative". "[Dems already floated this in the senate pre-Trump.] The mop up on this issue is going to be excruciating..." he tweeted.

In a tweet this morning, Trump casually opened a window into the source code for his method of identifying liberal media bias.

But, as Sanders has told the White House press corps many times before, she added, "At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information". He has specifically mentioned The Washington Post when discussing the idea of removing press credentials in the past. "A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor".

This, and most importantly, revoking the White House press credentials of certain reporters based on their coverage of the administration may actually be illegal.

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. The Trump campaign's strategy also included berating the media, attempting to turn the public against the media, and threatening libel lawsuits.

He routinely attacks the news media as "dishonest" and brands critical media outlets and reports as "fake news".

Trump has always been critical of the news media, but taking away the credentials of White House reporters who cover him would take his animus to a new level.

"Taking away press credentials because we don't like what they say is wrong", declared Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Twitter, urging all Americans "to stand up for the First Amendment".

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