Friday, 17 February 2017

Trump Calls the News Media the ‘Enemy of the American People’

President Trump, in an extraordinary rebuke of the nation’s press organizations, wrote on Twitter on Friday that...
the nation’s news media “is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people.”

Even by the standards of a president who routinely castigates journalists on Thursday he devoted much of a 77 minute White House news conference to criticizing his press coverage Mr. Trump’s tweet was a striking escalation in his attacks on the news media.

At 4:32 p.m., shortly after arriving at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla., Mr. Trump took to Twitter to write:

That message was swiftly deleted, but not before being seen by thousands of social media users.

Sixteen minutes later, Mr. Trump posted a revised version of the tweet. Restricted to 140 characters, the president removed the word “sick,” and added two other television networks to his list of offending news organizations.

Mr. Trump has regularly referred to the media as the “opposition party” to his administration, and he has blamed news organizations for stymieing his presidential agenda.

But the language he deployed on Friday is more typically used by presidents to refer to hostile foreign governments or terrorist organizations.' - NYT


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