President Trump took to Twitter on May 9 to once again denounce the media’s coverage of him. In his tweet, the president stated: “The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”
In the United States, journalists are required to obtain and present press credentials in order to enter and report from the White House, Senate, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other government agencies.
According to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the United States, in spite of press freedom being enshrined in the constitution, sits at 45th in the world. In the report, RWB explains that President Trump has declared the press an “enemy of the American people” in a series of verbal attacks toward journalists, attempted to block White House access to multiple media outlets, and routinely uses the term “fake news” in retaliation for critical reporting.
Trump has repeatedly praised the news coverage of Fox News, the Daily Caller, Newsmax and Sinclair (the latter which needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department antitrust authorities to complete the $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media it proposed in May 2017.)
In a recent attempt to convince President Trump not to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action or JCPOA, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appeared on Fox News’ morning show Fox and Friends, which Trump routinely watches, to try and speak directly to President Trump. The President infamously called Fox and Friends weekend co-host Pete Hegseth, an Iraq War Veteran, and former head of the Koch brothers-backed ‘Concerned Veterans for America’ organization during a meeting with then Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.
Media Matters, a Web-based, non-profit, progressive research and information center which is dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media has been keeping track of President Trump’s war on the press and has documented every case. And there are a great many.