White House won't rule out banning press for 'negative' coverage

President Trump speaks to members of the media

President Trump speaks to members of the media

ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked if stripping news outlets of White House credentials is a "line [she is] willing to cross" following the president's early morning tweet suggesting he may do just that. "We are going to continue to try to work with you, as Im doing right here, right now, and as the President did just a couple of hours ago", Sanders said. MRC's Research Director Rich Noyes, citing improved popularity polling for the president, wrote in his analysis of the study: "The liberal media's war against President Trump was as fierce as ever during the first four months of 2018, but the onslaught appears to be for naught".

Trump has always been a critic of the White House press corps" coverage of him, branding some "fake news" outlets "the enemy of the American people' and saving his harshest criticism for The New York Times and CNN.

There is nothing subtle about President Trump's latest tweet about the media. During the campaign he threatened to revoke the Washington Post's credentials, and in a recent feud with the Post's owner, Jeff Bezos, he declared the newspaper "fake" and a "lobbyist".

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"A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favour". "A president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment".

She referred reporters to Trump's outside legal team. A Harvard study of the mainstream USA media's coverage of his first 100 days in office found that, while Trump was the subject of 41 percent of all news stories in that period, 80 percent of that coverage was negative.

He routinely attacks the news media as "dishonest" and brands critical media outlets and reports as "fake news".

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

During his transition into office, Trump repeatedly ditched the pool of reporters that traditionally follows a president or president-elect nearly everywhere.

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