Donnie Trump is managing to build up a nice pool of media organisations he doesn’t like, and so bans. On Monday, he added The Washington Post to his “no-go” list. His decision means the Post, owned by Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos, (another object of Trumpian ire) joins the likes of Megyn Kelly from Fox News (temporary), a reporter from the website Politico, a New York Times reporter or two, BuzzFeed, the National Review, The Des Moines Register, Univision, the Daily Beast and Huffington Post and the magazine Mother Jones, on his banned list. That’s a badge of honour.

In a statement issued on Monday, Trump’s organisation said:

“The Washington Post unfortunately covers Mr. Trump very inaccurately. Today’s headline, ‘Donald Trump Suggests President Obama Was Involved With Orlando Shooting’ is a perfect example. We no longer feel compelled to work with a publication which has put its need for ‘clicks’ above journalistic integrity.

“They have no journalistic integrity and write falsely about Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not mind a bad story, but it has to be honest. The fact is, The Washington Post is being used by the owners of Amazon as their political lobbyist so that they don’t have to pay taxes and don’t get sued for monopolistic tendencies that have led to the destruction of department stores and the retail industry.”

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Post editor Marty Baron said in a statement:

“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.”

The Washington Post has assigned a team of 20 reporters to produce a book about Trump that is scheduled to be released later this year. The paper and website last week published a critical examination of Trump’s stewardship of Trump Casinos 20 years ago which turned out to be a loss maker for shareholders, but a nice little earner for the big mouth.

 

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