Trump's escalating war on the media

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President Donald J. Trump’s confrontational relationship with the press has grown steadily worse since he assumed office in January 2017, leading to him repeatedly refer to journalists as the “enemy of the people.”

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On August 16, the media responded with more 350 news outlets publishing editorials condemning Trump for demonizing their industry, and arguing that journalists, by holding the powerful to account, play a central role in a functioning democracy.

The Boston Globe, which led the initiative, has been collating the editorials, which can be found here.

The joint editorials follow a statement from UN experts, made August 2, which criticized Trump’s use of “Strategic” attacks on the press, which “increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.”

Trump’s attacks on the press

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

  • In February 2017 he tweeted that the New York Times, CNN, NCB, ABC and CBS were the “enemy of the american people.”
  • Repeatedly referring to the New York Times as “failing” (when it is not), Trump accused the paper of using “phony” sources in January 2018.
  • In a speech on August 2, 2018, he criticized the press as “fake, fake disgusting news,” and condemned the journalists present as “horrible, horrendous people.”

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