Trump threatens to take away credentials of media outlets over negative stories


In his tweet, Trump referred to an unspecified study that he said found 91 percent of network news stories about him are negative.

"A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor".

After the President's tweet today, CNN reported that he has repeatedly "mused privately" about revoking credentials.

The president appeared to be referencing a study from the right-wing firm the Media Research Group (MRC)-a group with the stated goal 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.

The White House Correspondents' Association [VIDEO] (WHCA), which is made up of members of the media with press credentials for the White House press room, quickly responded to the president's threat, calling it "unconscionable".

Instead of wasting resources covering bogusy White House press briefings, serious journalists could spend that time working actual sources to uncover and report bona fide news about the Trump Administration.

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The organization studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Mr. Trump were negative - which is just what the organization documented during the entire twelve months of 2017.

During the presidential campaign, Trump's team barred the Washington Post and other news outlets from campaign events, after the candidate expressed anger at the news organization's coverage.

Trump going after the media is nothing new.

Trump also frequently engages reporters in more informal settings, including when he departs the White House for trips and in impromptu question-and-answer sessions aboard Air Force One. How many news outlets would that impact?

On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump often banished reporters either to a far corner of the venue or kept them out altogether.

Drudge's tweet came shortly after Trump's latest attack on the media.