CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta condemned President Trump on Tuesday for a series of tweets attacking the free press as “fake news” and calling the Washington Post a “disgrace” just days after a gunman murdered five journalists at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.
Acosta was responding to a tweet in which the president criticized the press for correcting his frequent grammatical errors and odd capitalization choices in his tweets.
Trump also lashed out at The Washington Post over its use of anonymous sources, calling the news outlet a “disgrace to journalism.”
The Washington Post is constantly quoting “anonymous sources” that do not exist. Rarely do they use the name of anyone because there is no one to give them the kind of negative quote that they are looking for. They are a disgrace to journalism but then again, so are many others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
The Tuesday tweets marked the first time the president has publicly attacked the press since last Thursday’s deadly newsroom shooting.
Trump has frequently derided the press as “fake news” and has called media the “enemy of the people.”
President Trump ordered American flags lowered to half-staff to honor the journalists killed in the Capital Gazette mass shooting after initially denying a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to do so, sparking a massive public outcry.