Trump says he might ‘take away credentials’ from TV reporters because ‘91% of the network news about me is negative (Fake)’ in latest attack on free press
- President vented on Twitter about reports from the conservative Media Research Center
- Research last fall found 91 per cent of big-three TV networks’ evening news coverage about Trump that wasn’t neutral was negative in nature
- That number sat at 90 per cent for the quarter ending last month
- Influential online news aggregation pioneer Matt Drudge said licensing of all reporters’ could be on the horizon – something Democrats have floated before
- Trump hinted that he could yank some TV networks’ White House credentials
- White House Correspondents Association blasted him for what it said would be ‘an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment’
President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that he might revoke White House credentials for some journalists, following the publication of a survey that showed a dramatic leftward tilt in television news coverage about him.
The Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, tracked the evening newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC for the first four months of this year and found more than 1,600 ‘explicitly positive and negative’ statements about the president.
The group determined that nine out of 10 of those broadcast statements were negative. It did not include CNN and MSNBC in its research.
Trump vented, saying: ‘The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?’
The president, though, ignored a journalist’s question hours later when he was asked before a Cabinet meeting whether or not he would ‘ban press from the White House.’