U.S. Journalists Fire Back At Trump After He Launches Furious Attack On ‘Nasty’ Washington Post Reporters
U.S. journalists from several news outlets are firing back at President Donald Trump after he lashed out at a pair of Washington Post reporters early Saturday over their coverage of the Trump administration.
Trump went after The Post’s Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker in a tweet, calling them “two nasty lightweight reporters” and suggesting that they be barred from the White House grounds.
The president wrote that the reporters “shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE.”
Trump’s tweets came two days after two top White House officials penned an op-ed in The Washington Examiner criticizing The Post for a Sept. 1 article describing “what some Trump advisers and allies characterize as a lost summer defined by self-inflicted controversies and squandered opportunities.”
Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley, the White House press secretary and deputy press secretary, respectively, wrote that The Post refused to cite the majority of Trump’s accomplishments from a list of 26 that was provided.
The Post defended its coverage in a statement on Friday.
“Our story prominently noted the White House’s list of accomplishments and quoted a White House spokesman at length. It also reported the views of Republicans, both on the record and on background, some of whom are part of the administration and some who watch its performance from a distance,” said Shani George, The Post’s director of communications.
“Readers can judge for themselves whether our account fairly represented a variety of perspectives on the President’s summer,” she added.
Trump’s tweets Saturday prompted immediate pushback from journalists, who defended the reporters:
The Washington Post’s @PhilipRucker (Mr. Off the Record) & @AshleyRParker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldn’t even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer! https://t.co/7d33tzKxXq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2019
No, Mr. President. They are two of the most well-sourced, honest and straight-forward reporters in the business. And they happen to be fantastic people, too. Your personal attacks on them (and other reporters) are completely misplaced, beneath your office and simply wrong.
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) September 7, 2019
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) September 7, 2019
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 7, 2019
My colleagues @AshleyRParker and @PhilipRucker are careful and thorough journalists, not to mention delightful people.
Support their work by subscribing to The Washington Post: https://t.co/sxfauS0GRL https://t.co/hpM3DoEcIC
— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) September 7, 2019
I hope my friends @PhilipRucker and @AshleyRParker are polishing their well-deserved Pulitzer Prizes and having a great weekend, because they’re awesome people. But they’re probably working, because they’re pros and that’s just what they do.
— Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins) September 7, 2019
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.