President Donald Trump floats taking away 'fake news' media's credentials

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President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that he might revoke White House credentials for some journalists, following the publication of a survey that showed a dramatic leftward tilt in television news coverage about him.

Trump's tweet is not the first time the president has floated the idea of limiting reporters' access at the White House.

That removal allowed those news outlets to continue to cover his rallies, but they were not allowed at Trump's press conferences, The Hill reports.

He wrote on Twitter, "The Fake News is working overtime".

During the presidential campaign, Trump's team barred the Washington Post and other news outlets from campaign events, after the candidate expressed anger at the news organization's coverage.

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The result: Fully 80 per cent of non-'neutral' coverage about Trump was negative, and just 20 per cent was positive.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump once again railed against media coverage, but this time dangled the prospect of taking away reporters' credentials.

The MRC had looked at broadcast evening news reports of Trump from January 1 through April 30 and "found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about the president were negative".

The U.S. leader has often attacked national news media reports about his almost 16-month tenure in the White House that he deems unfair, unsourced or not reflecting reality as he sees it. Wednesday's tweet, however, may be the first time he has acknowledged that he thinks negative news about him is "fake".

Trump was still at is six days later, tweeting that '[n] etwork news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked'.

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