“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) will not be my enemy, it’s the enemy of the American Individuals!” he wrote on Twitter.
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) will not be my enemy, it’s the enemy of the American Individuals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2017
Trump has repeatedly accused the political press of being deceitful. His newest tweet got here someday after he held a press convention within the White Home the place he lambasted the media as “dishonest” and “faux information.”
“Lots of our nation’s reporters and folk won’t inform you the reality. And won’t deal with the great individuals of our nation with the respect that they deserve,” Trump mentioned at Thursday’s press convention.
“The press has develop into so dishonest that if we do not speak about it, we’re doing an incredible disservice to the American individuals,” he mentioned.
“The general public doesn’t imagine you individuals anymore,” Trump added. “Now, possibly I had one thing to do with that. I don’t know. However they don’t imagine you.”
The Society of Skilled Journalists condemned Trump’s tweet. “An assault on a free press by a sitting US president is a slap within the face to democracy, our nation’s founders and the American individuals,” it wrote.
Veteran journalists say the language that Trump used on Friday is extra usually utilized by leaders to confer with hostile international governments. It additionally echoed the language of autocrats who search to curtail political opposition.
Historians identified similarities between Trump and former US President Richard Nixon, who in 1972 informed his nationwide safety adviser, Henry A. Kissinger, “The press is the enemy.”
“Donald Trump is demonstrating an authoritarian perspective and inclination that reveals no understanding of the position of the free press,” mentioned Carl Bernstein, the journalist who helped uncover the Watergate scandal through the Nixon administration.
Trump’s language “could also be extra insidious and harmful than Richard Nixon’s assaults on the press,” Bernstein mentioned.