White House Correspondents’ Association President Margaret Talev issued a statement on Wednesday following an apparent threat by President Donald Trump to rescind the credentials of certain news outlets.
Earlier in the day, Trump revived a familiar attack on the “Fake News,” which he said was “working overtime” in an effort to cast his administration in a negative light.
“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),” the president tweeted. “Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”
“Some may excuse the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about the media, but just because the president does not like news coverage does not make it fake,” Talev wrote. “A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor. And a president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment.”