DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Register has been denied press credentials to a Donald Trump event on Saturday.
The Register reports that their political columnist Kathie Obradovich was informed Friday that she had been denied a credential to the event.
In a phone call with Obradovich, Trump’s national campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said that the Register was being excluded from the event because of an editorial published by the Register earlier in the week.
The editorial, published online Monday evening, said Trump “has polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve as president can’t get their message across to voters. In fact, some of them can’t even win a spot in one of the upcoming debates, since those slots are reserved for candidates leading in the polls.”
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Lewandowski also told the Register’s chief political reporter, Jennifer Jacobs, that news staffers will not be granted press credentials because of the editorial.
The Register reported that Lewandowski believes campaign would consider allowing the Register to attend events at some point in the future.
In a statement, Amalie Nash, the Register’s editor and vice president for audience engagement, emphasized the division between the newspaper’s news and opinion desks.
“We are disappointed that Mr. Trump’s campaign has taken the unusual step of excluding Register reporters from covering his campaign event in Iowa on Saturday because he was displeased with our editorial,” she said. “As we previously said, the editorial has no bearing on our news coverage. We work hard to provide Iowans with coverage of all the candidates when they spend time in Iowa, and this is obviously impeding our ability to do so. We hope Mr. Trump’s campaign will revisit its decision instead of making punitive decisions because we wrote something critical of him.”