Donald Trump said Monday that he is “revoking” the Washington Post, owned by critic Jeff Bezos, press access to his campaign events, citing the newspaper “phony and dishonest.” In a Facebook post, the presumptive GOP nominee attributed the decision to the newspaper’s “incredibly inaccurate coverage” of him on the campaign trail.
The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron responded:
“Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials is 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.”
The Washington Post has been a staunch critic of Trump on the 2016 presidential race thus far, but their persistence to undermine Trump has now been further limited.