Trump says he will revoke Washington Post's credentials to cover campaign

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Trump campaign revokes WaPo credentials

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he will no longer issue press credentials to the Washington Post, stopping the publication from gaining access to press areas at his presidential campaign events.

"Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post," Trump wrote on Facebook.

The Washington Post, one of the nation's largest newspapers, has assigned a team of reporters to produce a book about Trump that is scheduled to be released later this year.

The publication is not alone -- according to CNN Money "BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post" have all been blacklisted in recent months.

An earlier post on Trump's Facebook page appears to indicate an article titled "Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting" was the reason for the ban. The Post has since edited the title to read "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting."

The article was referring to an appearance by the presumptive GOP nominee on FOX News earlier Monday. He said, "Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind ... There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

Several news organizations -- including The Atlantic, TIME, MSNBC and The Guardian -- produced articles that came to similar conclusions.

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron responded to the move in a statement to Poynter, calling it "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," Baron said. "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."

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Trump says he will revoke Washington Post's credentials to cover campaign
Trump just banned the Washington Post from his events. By November, only Breitbart and Infowars will be left in the press pen.
Uh, wow. Trump says he's revoking the Post's credentials. That is...I'm going to go ahead and guess unprecedented.
Worth noting that even during the height of Watergate, Nixon never banned the Washington Post from the White House
getting "congrats" texts and gchats from reporters at other outlets banned from Trump events
Fact-check a a serial liar and fabulist and you get your press credentials revoked.
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Last week, Clinton chose to do an interview with @FoxNews, not her biggest fan Today, Trump revoked the @washingtonpost's press credentials
Statement from Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron on @realDonaldTrump's credential ban

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Tom Brown; Additional reporting by

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