Trump Calls US Media ‘Enemy of Americans’

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President Trump is not known for his subtlety. But even by this standard, his tweet Friday night was extreme. Trump called the news media “the enemy of the American People.

US President Donald Trump is continuing his attacks on the country’s media, calling a number of news organizations the “enemy of the American people” in an extraordinary rebuke of the press.

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he wrote on Twitter posted on Friday.

Trump has repeatedly accused the political press of being deceitful. His latest tweet came one day after he held a press conference in the White House where he lambasted the media as “dishonest” and “fake news.”

“Many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth. And will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve,” Trump said at Thursday’s press conference.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” he said.

“The public doesn’t believe you people anymore,” Trump added. “Now, maybe I had something to do with that. I don’t know. But they don’t believe you.”

The Society of Professional Journalists condemned Trump’s tweet. “An attack on a free press by a sitting US president is a slap in the face to democracy, our country’s founders and the American people,” it wrote.

Veteran journalists say the language that Trump used on Friday is more typically used by leaders to refer to hostile foreign governments. It also echoed the language of autocrats who seek to curtail political opposition.

“Donald Trump is demonstrating an authoritarian attitude and inclination that shows no understanding of the role of the free press,” said Carl Bernstein, the journalist who helped uncover the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.

Trump’s language “may be more insidious and dangerous than Richard Nixon’s attacks on the press,” Bernstein said.

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44 thoughts on “Trump Calls US Media ‘Enemy of Americans’

  1. true story

    American media is full of lies – it’s because American media is owned by the greedy rich vampires of the USA – because of networks like CNN and FOX news Americans believe all Muslims are terrorists

    1. Khaartoum Supermarket

      *Trump, ‘A Strange Kind of Jesus’*…I really can’t believe this man. I can’t believe where we suddenly are? The President demolishes the criminal media as an avalanche of change that is changing the world. Wow. Hats off to Trump.

    1. Shawn Hawkins

      The news is fake because it hurts trumps little feelings. They can’t point to any lies told, or falacious reporting, they’re angry that it provides transparency to the presidency. Tyrants and fascist don’t like transparency and they HATE a free press. The first thing Hitler did was to delegitimize the press.

    1. Darlyng Navidad

      Mermaid Man and you are a typical republican insulting first and check for facts later! But if it makes you feel happy and filled your empty life then I’m dumb only for you ok. Have a good day ✌️

    2. Darlyng Navidad

      jake hansen ok let’s say CNN put those information out. Did you check if they fixed it later? And apparently when CNN do something wrong Trump can include the rest of the media who is criticizing his decisions and say they are all fake news. But when his Fox News put a fake news he says nothing like the shooter in Canada which fox said was a Muslim however the guy was white and he likes Trump you can see that on his Facebook page. Even Trump has given fake news on his twitter but hey that doesn’t matter because he is your guy right?

    3. jake hansen

      Darlyng Navidad yah he doesn’t control fox I understand being a liberal who got used to Obama you think the president has power over all the media and politicians but trump doesn’t with that being said you’re gonna use the logic that because fox news lied about a Muslim its okay for cnn to make up fake news stories that carry very dealt consiqences because trumps trump lol…

  2. kingcrabbrc

    100% true the mainstream media in the United States is absolutely responsible for radicalizing protesters and anti Trump sentiment he is a good man who has the best interest of this country at heart the USB 3 media lies and speaks only on behalf of the establishment in the rich oligarchs Bankers I control status quo

    1. kingcrabbrc

      Matthew Pickering the dude is that and more I’m sure. however, he has saved this country from being sold out to all of Hillary’s donors and special interest of Clinton foundation. for the simple purpose of saving us from that CORRUPT evil self enriching old hag, he is a good man. an added bonus will be the peace from ww3 being avoided and the jobs he’s saving and the immigration crisis he’s working to fix.

  3. ECuevas

    The Democrat-run media in the US is a danger to the nation. Trump is absolutely right, and he’s simply stating what we, the people, have known for a long time.

    1. Shawn Hawkins

      If he keeps on his present course he won’t last 4, but nevertheless, we will get to hear him and his little minion trolls whine like little bitches about fake news the whole time.

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