In an interview with one of his favorite Fox News hosts, Sean Hannity, President Trump railed against the “corrupt” free press while complaining about unfair media coverage.
“The media is corrupt. Not all the media. I know some great people, including you, but I know some great journalists,” Trump said. “Look, they give Pulitzer Prizes to people that got it wrong. In all these people from The New York Times which is the fake newspaper, we don’t even want it in the White House anymore, and we’re probably going to terminate that and The Washington Post from the White House they are fake.”
Trump then claimed that the New York Times apologized to him for their coverage after the election. PolitiFact has rated this claim “false.”
“[email protected] False, we did not apologize,” they tweeted. “We stand by our coverage & thank our millions of subscribers for supporting our journalism.”
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“The New York Times … is a fake newspaper. We don’t even want it in the WH anymore, we’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post” pic.twitter.com/vYNjuSwtiq
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 22, 2019
The White House on Tuesday announced that it was canceling subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post hours after Trump suggested terminating them.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Politico that the White House “won’t be renewing” subscriptions to the newspapers.
Trump regularly criticizes the Times and the Post over coverage of his administration that he deems unfair and repeatedly refers to the broader media as “fake news” and “corrupt.”