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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trump as Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

"... it follows a pattern. Trump has repeatedly refused to give press credentials to major news outlets when he disagrees with coverage decisions."
Donald Trump created a "do not report" list - now the Washington Post is included in this august list

In addition, Donald Trump continues to create conspiracy theories about President Obama.  

Nazism built its evil "group think" around the irrational fear of the Jews. As a result, 6 million people were the victims and World War II took millions of lives.  

Trumpism is creating the very same "kool-aid" response to a simmering skeptism about Muslims.

Now, Donald Trump revokes The Washington Post press credentials because he doesn't like his coverage.


Donald Trump said Monday that he is "revoking" the Washington Post's press access at his campaign events, calling the newspaper "phony and dishonest."

In a Facebook post, the presumptive GOP nominee (candidate Donald Trump) attributed the decision to the newspaper's "incredibly inaccurate coverage" of him.

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."

Monday's announcement was an astonishing move by the Trump campaign, given the Post's status as one of the most respected newsrooms in the United States.

Related: Is Donald Trump using Bill O'Reilly's playbook for dealing with media?
But it follows a pattern. Trump has repeatedly refused to give press credentials to major news outlets when he disagrees with coverage decisions.

Reporters who do not receive press credentials are sometimes still able to attend Trump events as members of the general public. But sometimes the denial of press credentials restricts access altogether.

BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast, Univision, and The Huffington Post are among other outlets that have been blocked in recent months. 


Some journalists have described this as an emerging Trump "blacklist."

From last September: "Why Trump is freezing out reporters"

The Huffington Post tweeted at The Post on Monday afternoon and said "Welcome to the club."

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