Starting in the summer of 2015 — just weeks after his campaign kickoff — Donald Trump banned credentials for a robust list of media outlets, including the Huffington Post, Politico, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed. The action made it harder for these outlets to cover Trump rallies and other events, forcing them to enter arenas with the general public, as opposed to gaining smoother entree to media areas.

The stifling steps against media organizations sprouted from thin skin. The Des Moines Register secured its banishment after it ran an editorial in the summer of 2015 arguing that he should get out of the race. The Huffington Post got the stiff-arm after it decided to locate its Trump coverage under its “entertainment” category, on the thinking that Trump wasn’t a serious political story. The Washington Post got its ban after it published this headline, based on a Trump appearance on cable TV: “Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting.” BuzzFeed got banned for … ????

That, of course, is just a partial list of the news organizations that got the treatment at one point or another. Others include National Review, the Union Leader, the Des Moines Register, Mother Jones, the Daily Beast, Univision, Fusion.

CNN’s Brian Stelter this morning reported that the campaign has ended its policy of banning media outlets, a move pushed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who came on board in August. Trump issued this statement, “I figure they can’t treat me any worse!”

Never take the Trump campaign’s word on a policy change, however. Seek to confirm. Huffington Post’s Sam Stein tweets:

Politico, too, has verified the end of its ban. Editor Susan Glasser issued this statement: “Access to a major party’s presidential campaign events shouldn’t be a favor to be granted or withheld to the independent media depending on how the candidate views the coverage, and we are glad the Trump campaign has decided to take this step. Our reporters are looking forward to doing their job covering the Trump campaign — as they’ve been doing all year.”

We’ve checked with other outlets subject to the ban and are awaiting replies.

The move to allow blacklisted outlets back into Trump events appears to be part of a gradual progression. Last week major outlets covering the Trump campaign formed a print pool to rotate coverage of Trump events. Participating in that pool are several outlets subject to Trump’s ban, including BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Politico and The Washington Post. A source involved in the negotiations for the pool told the Erik Wemple Blog that a precondition for the arrangement was that banned outlets would be allowed to rotate into the coverage.

We asked the Trump campaign if the move to un-ban outlets means that the Trump campaign might reconsider its commitment to somehow “open up” the country’s libel laws. No response on that matter just yet.

Should the ban reversal hold, we’ll have to update the Erik Wemple Blog’s running list of Trump outrages against the media (which debuted in this post), as follows:

• Bashing outlet after outlet after outlet in his speeches, often using descriptors like “disgusting” and even calling one reporter a “sleaze” on national television;
Singling out camera operators at his rallies for failing to pan the crowd. “Look at the guy in the middle. Why aren’t you turning the camera? Terrible. So terrible. Look at him, he doesn’t turn the camera. He doesn’t turn the camera,” said Trump
• Promising to “open up” the country’s libel laws so as to make it easier to sue media organizations;
Denying press credentials to various news organizations based on unfavorable coverage. They include the  The Post, Politico, the Daily Beast, Univision, Fusion, the Des Moines Register and the Huffington Post;
Suing a former campaign aide for violating a confidentiality agreement by speaking with the media;
• Hassling reporters for not staying in their designated pen at rallies;
• Boycotting a Fox News debate over vague concerns about one of its hosts;
• Hyping a bogus National Enquirer story that spun conspiracy theories about the father of Ted Cruz;