The Trump campaign announced it would be lifting its ban on several media outlet Wednesday, following a months-long standoff between members of the publications and Donald Trump.
Trump said in a statement:
“I figure they can’t treat me any worse!”
The “blacklist” was instituted last winter following what Donald Trump deemed unfair treatment by members of the press. Beginning Thursday, “press credentials for the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, and other news organizations” will be approved.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 7, 2016
For the Washington Post, the straw that broke the camel’s back was a story with the headline:
Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting
For BuzzFeed, the ban began almost as soon as it the campaign had begun. Their political reporter McKay Coppins was the reporter behind an unflattering profile entitled:
36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump.
It also dropped the Republican National Committee as an advertiser because it didn’t want to run Trump ads.
Other banned publications have included the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Univision, and the Des Moines Register.
In a statement regarding the ban lift, Politico editor Susan Glasser said:
“Access to a major party’s presidential campaign events shouldn’t be a favor to be granted or withheld to the independent media depending on how the candidate views coverage, and we are glad the Trump campaign has decided to take this step. Our reporters are looking forward to doing their job covering the Trump campaign — as they’ve been doing all year.”
The move comes after suggestions by Trump surrogates — and most vocally his VP pick, Mike Pence — that the press would gain access. He told Hugh Hewitt:
“So we’re going to have those conversations internally, and I fully expect in the next 100 days, we’re going to continue to be available to the media, whether they’re fair or unfair[.]”
Over the past year, Donald Trump’s relationship with the press has been rough.
Trump has said he would “open up” libel laws, mocked of a disabled reporter, and left a target on specific members of his press corps. At one point, the Secret Service had to get involved with a reporter, for fear of her safety.
This week, the Clinton campaign granted campaign plane access to a select group of reporters. Clinton also answered impromptu questions from the press in the air and on the tarmac.