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White House Correspondents' Association rebukes Trump over tweet on press credentials

10 May 2018
White House Correspondents' Association rebukes Trump over tweet on press credentials

The CNN correspondent added: "So when the president threatens to go after the news media and [threatens to] revoke their credentials and calling us all sorts of names, he really is sort of undermining an oath he took in front of the American people".

Last year, in the aftermath of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, Trump threatened to cancel the daily White House press briefings.

Some may excuse the president's inflammatory rhetoric about the media, but just because the president does not like news coverage does not make it fake.

The president appeared to be referencing a study from the right-wing firm the Media Research Group (MRC)-a group with the stated objective of "[exposing] and [neutralizing] the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media"-that claimed 90 percent (not 91) of coverage of the president at ABC, NBC and CBS was negative.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander slashed out at the press during a fiery briefing. However, his White House has never denied credentials to news outlets. Instead of taking away credentials or licensing journalists, a better approach is for President Trump to ignore these liberal media outlets. At the time, a White House spokesperson said reporters still had access to information via the small group of reporters that covers the president's movements known as the pool.

No, not "you're fired!" or "If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her", but "Fake News". These reporters tend to be more objective and are more interested in informing the public rather than shaping their opinion. As president, he has suggested he could take away networks' broadcast licenses.

The Washington Post hit back at Trump straight away, defending the paper's negative tone.