Trump campaign refuses to give ex-CNN host a press credential

 April 21, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's 2024 campaign is refusing to give press credentials to numerous left-wing reporters. 

According to Vanity Fair, Trump's campaign has denied press credentials for the Washington Post, Axios, and Vanity Fair, among others.

Trump has also denied a press credential to former CNN host Brian Stelter, something that has been confirmed by Stelter, himself.

We'll give you three guesses to guess why Trump's campaign is doing so, but you are only going to need one.

What is happening and what isn't:

One thing to make clear upfront is that Trump is not banning these left-wing reporters from his campaign events. He has only been refusing to give them a press credential, which is simply a pass that journalists and other members of the press get in order to get special access to these events.

Vanity Fair, in its report, provides several examples of Trump's campaign revoking left-wing reporters' press credentials. The outlet, for example, reports, "An Axios reporter had their credentials approved for an event and then revoked the same day, following the publication of a story about the Trump-led Republican National Committee’s struggles in swing states."

And, regarding Stelter, Vanity Fair reports, "Most recently, Brian Stelter, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, was denied press access to Trump’s rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania."

Stelter has confirmed this, writing, "This is true and I know it firsthand — I applied for press credentials for Trump's most recent rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, and was rejected."

Vanity Fair, however, goes on to note that "Reporters who’ve been iced out in recent weeks have not been banned outright from events; they can still go as a member of the public . . ."

What's going on?

It appears that Trump's campaign is denying these press credentials because it does not believe that these individuals are legitimate members of the press. Instead, it would seem that the Trump campaign believes that these individuals are Democrat activists.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign, has indicated as much.

Cheung said:

Nobody has been denied any access to our events. If reporters want to cover our events but are unable to secure a coveted press badge, they are more than welcome to apply for general admission tickets in order to experience our events. Throughout this campaign, we have been the most press-friendly and accessible [campaign] in modern history. We have flown reporters on Trump Force One, let them livestream from inside our motorcades, and given access that has never been granted during legal days. We don’t let petty differences get in the way of using the media to get our message out.

The spokesman added, "However, there have been certain reporters who have engaged in unethical conduct or breached basic journalistic standards of sharing privileged information to other campaigns and individuals. Unfortunately for those people, they can never be trusted again and will never be given the benefit of the doubt on this campaign or when we return to the White House."

Stelter would appear to fall in this category.

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