The White House is preparing to instruct federal agencies not to renew their subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday, Oct. 24, described the move as a cost-saving measure.
Grisham said, “Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving for taxpayers—hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
President Trump said in a Fox News interview on Monday that “we don’t want” the Times in the White House anymore, and “we’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post.”
“Everybody thinks The New York Times treats me horribly. Washington Post also, but The New York Times even more so treats me unbelievably terribly,” the president said on the show, adding that, since elected, “I don’t think I’ve had a good story in The New York Times.”
President Trump says the White House is going to cancel the New York Times and Washington Post subscription, and then says he’s gotten worse press than Abraham Lincoln pic.twitter.com/w9bzQS2q2D
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) October 22, 2019
In addition, The Journal reported that a White House official confirmed that print editions of the Times and the Post weren’t among the newspapers delivered to the White House on Thursday.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) October 24, 2019
In August, the president laid out a sweeping indictment of the Times and its state in journalism.
“The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt […] ‘Journalism’ has reached a new low in the history of our Country.”
“It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke … But the public is aware!” he said.
A survey conducted by Media Research Center found that about 75 percent of all journalists in the United States today are Democrats and liberal-leaning. Merely 9 percent of all journalists are Republicans and show sympathy toward conservative causes, according to the survey.