WHCA Slams Trump Over Credentials Threat: 'Unconscionable Assault on the First Amendment'

President Trump speaks to members of the media

Conservatives have spent decades building a critique of mainstream news, lovingly compiling examples of biased or allegedly biased reporting, and constructing an echo chamber in which the dread Liberal Media can be ignored.

Acosta also noted that the White House Correspondents Association has condemned Trump's proposal as "an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment".

Talev explained that part of having a free press is allowing people to report on the news whether it's good or bad, momentous or mundane, without "fear or favor".

Perhaps more explicitly than he ever has before, by writing "negative (Fake)", the president made explicitly that he considers all negative coverage of him to be fake.

"Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?" he asked.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in San Diego
Thirty-five federal prosecutors and 18 immigration judges have been re-directed to the border to handle immigration cases. A person stopped by the border patrol and referred to a federal court to face charges is taken to jail by the U.S.

Trump pointed to a study from the right-leaning Media Research Center, which found that 91 percent of network news outlets' coverage of the Republican's administration in the first four months of 2018 has been negative, to back up his claim that "the fake news is working overtime".

President Trump threatened to remove new networks' press credentials Wednesday over negative coverage, suggesting that recent negative comments about his presidency were "fake" news.

During his presidential bid, Trump's campaign temporarily banned several news organizations from his rallies, including The Washington Post, citing dissatisfaction with the coverage.

In a tweet directed at Trump, he wrote: " 'Take away credentials?' These authoritarian impulses of yours are anti-American".

Based on other tweets from Wednesday morning, it appeared the president was watching "Fox & Friends" as is widely reported to be his custom at the White House. The president continues to hold joint press conferences when heads of state visit the White House.

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