Why The Washington Post’s Ban (Probably) Won’t Affect Its Journalism

Donald Trump sent the Beltway media into a tizzy last week when he announced plans to ban The Washington Post from his official campaign events. Citing “incredibly inaccurate coverage” (without citing specifics), he tweeted his intention to revoke the press credentials of the newspaper, which he called “phony and dishonest.”

The move prompted pushback from First Amendment advocates, among them Washington Post Editor Marty Baron, who called it “a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press.” The Committee to Protect Journalists said Trump was providing “a ready-made excuse for authoritarian leaders” to crack down on the media. Even “Late Night” host Seth Meyers weighed in, barring Trump from his show in solidarity with The Washington Post.

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