Politicians bashing the news media is nothing new. However, Donald Trump has taken the practice to a new low.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee taking swipes at the “liberal media agenda” and insulting and making fun of reporters — including one with a disability — resonates with a great many of his backers. They love it. And so he keeps it up.
However, Trump’s reaction to an unflattering headline in The Washington Post goes too far. When he didn’t like the news coverage, he yanked the newspaper’s credentials allowing access to his campaign events.
“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,” he tweeted.
This isn’t the first time Trump has banned specific media personnel or organizations from covering his events. He has also barred Politico, The Des Moines Register, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, the National Review and the Huffington Post — all when he didn’t like what those organizations reported or said about him.
The message is clear: Media that are too critical of the candidate will be shut out of coverage opportunities.
Does that sound like the American way?
Obviously, many people are applauding Trump’s rhetoric; he earned millions of votes and drew thousands upon thousands of people to his rallies. They find his unfiltered, insulting and outrageous statements attractive.
But at some point soon, more Americans must ask themselves the serious question: Are these really the qualities and behaviors we want in our president?
Trump seems to lack the most elementary understanding of the role, responsibilities and rights of the American press.