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.
"I fear the future result of Trump's crusade on "fake news" will be licensing of all reporters".
"Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt?" he asked.
Matt Drudge is taking issue with President Trump. "He also suggested that he could punish the networks by "[taking] away credentials". "Until we see that happen, we're going to continue to put maximum pressure and enormous sanctions on them".
Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.
"White House press facilities having been made publicly available as a source of information for newsmen, the protection afforded news gathering under the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press, requires that this access not be denied arbitrarily or for less than compelling reasons."
Despite the president's criticism of news coverage, the White House's press office has continued to hold media briefings.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, insisted the administration is "very committed to a free press" and demonstrates that commitment through near-daily press briefings and access to the president. A Harvard study of the mainstream United States 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.
What's more, barring reporters because of coverage could cross a legal line.
He routinely attacks the news media as "dishonest" and brands critical media outlets and reports as "fake news".