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This afternoon, Donald Trump announced his campaign would be revoking the press credentials of the “phony and dishonest” Washington Post, which has run a host of stories critical of his candidacy and campaign. As it were, they are in great company—Trump has banned individual reporters and entire outlets for far less.

The Des Moines Register

In July 2015, Trump’s campaign denied credentials for the Des Moines Register at a rally in Oskaloosa, Iowa because Trump was unhappy with an editorial titled “Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show.”

“We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from The Des Moines Register based on the editorial that they wrote earlier in the week,” Corey Lewandowski reportedly explained.


In March 2016, Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger had his credentials to cover a rally at Mar-a-Lago revoked after he wrote a piece critical of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. He was not given an explanation for the sudden ban.

According to Politico’s Hadas Gold, Schreckinger attempted to attend anyway and was denied entry and escorted off the property.


BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins has reportedly been banned from covering Trump events after writing several pieces critical of Trump.

The New Tri-State Defender

Historically black paper the New Tri-State Defender couldn’t even get a response from the Trump campaign when it applied for credentials to a March rally in Memphis.

“We sent out two email requests,” executive editor Karanja Ajanaku told TheWrap at the time. “The first email was sent on the Monday before the event, but we never heard back. The second email was sent on Thursday. They never even acknowledged our emails.”

Still the campaign did manage to acknowledge emails from James Edwards’ white supremacist site, The Political Cesspool, which obtained credentials for the event.

The New York Times

Times reporter Trip Gabriel was ejected from a January rally in Waukee, Iowa, after publishing a story critical of Trump’s Iowa field operation. Gabriel, who says he was escorted out of the rally by a staffer and a police officer, was told he was ejected on orders from “Chuck and Stephanie,” an apparent reference to Trump’s Iowa state director, Chuck Laudner, and his wife, Stephanie.

The Daily Beast

The Trump campaign began denying credentials to reporters from the Daily Beast in November—right around the time executive editor Noah Schactman called for a boycott of Trump’s businesses. Campaign reporter Olivia Nuzzi, who was barred for a time, has been let into some events since, though she appears to be the only one: Daily Beast reporter Gideon Resnick writes on Twitter, “I and every other reporter at The Daily Beast have not had access for months and months.”


The Trump campaign began categorically denying credentials to Univision reporters in October, which he sued for $500 million after they refused to air the Miss Universe pageant citing his comments on Mexicans. That ban has extended to reporters for Fusion TV, which is owned by Univision: In October, the campaign revoked their credentials for a rally in Doral, Florida. Trump also banned Univision employees from using his Miami golf course.

The Huffington Post

Reporters from the Huffington Post, which first filed Trump coverage to its entertainment section and later affixed an addendum on Trump stories declaring him a racist, were reportedly banned from getting credentials for Trump campaign events. Another HuffPo reporter, Samantha-Jo Roth, who attempted to enter a rally with the general public, says she was also turned away, apparently because of camera equipment in her backpack.

The National Review

Reporters for the National Review, many of whom had previously been credentialed for Trump events, were reportedly blacklisted by the campaign after the Review published a January cover story collection of editorials denouncing Trump. Reporter Alexis Levinson says the revocation has led to the publication covering Trump less: “I just don’t pitch stories that involve me covering Trump stuff anymore,” she told Mother Jones in March. “I don’t have three hours to go spend in line. It’s so irritating.”

Mother Jones

Mother Jones reporter Patrick Caldwell says he was denied credentials, without explanation, to a February Nevada victory party, even though the press pen clearly had room for additional reporters. Caldwell reports similar outcomes for his colleagues:

When Mother Jones’ Russ Choma tried to go through the media entrance to a New Hampshire event in December, Trump’s campaign staff summoned local police to escort him from the venue. My colleague Pema Levy was turned away from a Trump event in Iowa in January, along with several other reporters.

Those reporters included BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins and the Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi.


Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan is pretty sure he applied for press credentials for a rally in New Hampshire. As far as he can recall, he didn’t get them. Night editor Hudson Hongo was also denied credentials at a May rally in Eugene, OR.