Matt Drudge Not a Fan of Trump's 'Fake News' Threat

On Twitter Wednesday morning, President Trump queried if he should "take away credentials" from the media in light of what he called "Fake News" and negative coverage of his administration.

Trump has referred to the "fake news" since his presidential campaign in 2016 and taking away press credentials wouldn't be without precedent.

"We are 100 percent committed to making sure that Iran does not have nuclear weapons", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing.

Those last three words are likely to rankle many in the press, and in particular the White House Correspondents' Association.

They published a new study about mainstream media coverage of Trump.

Journalists are required to obtain and present press credentials in order to enter and report from the White House, government agencies, Congress and the Supreme Court. In the late 1970s, a federal court ruled that "White House press facilities having been made publicly available as a source of information for newsmen, the protection afforded news gathering under the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press, requires that this access not be denied arbitrarily or for less than compelling reasons".

"A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor". CNN has also been a regular target of Trump's outrage, and the president refused to field questions from the network's Jim Acosta on several occasions.

Percentage-point difference aside, that's not the first time the center has found a shockingly large percentage of negative news aimed at the president.

Donald Trump has finally explained what one of his most famous phrases actually means. As president, he has suggested he could take away networks' broadcast licenses.

  • Jon Douglas