August 14, 2016

Donald Trump once again lobbed accusations of bias against The New York Times today after a front-page story portrayed a Trump campaign struggling to right itself amid a wave of gaffes.

In a series of tweets that referenced The New York Times and the media in general, Trump railed against “dishonest” coverage and called the Times “a newspaper of fiction.”

A spokesperson for The New York Times said the newspaper had no comment.

The story, “Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Donald Trump’s Tongue,” by reporters Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman, cited “more than 20 Republicans,” many anonymously, who described the candidate as “exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process.”

Sunday’s tweetstorm was the latest outburst for a Trump campaign that has cultivated an adversarial relationship toward the press. In addition to hurling insults at individual reporters, Trump’s campaign has revoked the press credentials of many news organizations, including The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and Politico.

Trump’s camp has also launched a “media bias offender” campaign, sending a slew of emails to supporters highlighting coverage deemed hostile to their candidate. Among them: The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico.

In a segment on “Reliable Sources” Sunday, Trump spokesperson Jason Miller said the campaign was considering revoking The New York Times’ press credentials:

The New York Times has not received a correction request for the story, according to a spokesperson for the newspaper.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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