Earlier today, President Trump ripped into the mainstream media via Twitter.
This is one of many times which the president has elected to censure the press for their manner of reporting to the American people.
Reviewing the President’s Statements
Trump’s latest tweet about the press reads as follows:
The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019
The above tweet comes after the president blasted The New York Times as a “fake news paper” with “no legitimate sources.” However, Trump’s latest criticism of The New York Times occurred yesterday and largely regarded their coverage of the controversial Russia investigation.
See for yourself:
The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report. In fact, they probably had no sources at all! They are a Fake News paper who have already been forced to apologize for their incorrect and very bad reporting on me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
Issues with the Mainstream Media
Since the inception of Trump’s entry into the 2016 presidential election, he has had issues with the press. On multiple occasions, the president maintained that the media harbored a vested interest in helping Hillary Clinton win the election. Therefore, Trump stated that the press intentionally misreported news pertaining to him.
The president’s contentious relationship with the media remains ongoing. As a matter of fact, it subsequently birthed the term “fake news.” This is a term which many of Trump’s supporters use in reference to press outlets which they view as biased against the president. Some of the news sites which are frequently branded as “fake news” are CNN, The New York Times, and others.
Coverage of the Robert Mueller Investigation
The manner in which the press covered the longlasting Mueller investigation largely fueled right-wing concerns about fake news. Many conservatives believe that the media intentionally branded the president as guilty of colluding with the Russian government. This coverage persisted, despite Trump’s assertions of innocence. Likewise, Russia also denied claims of colluding to help Trump beat Clinton in 2016.
Backlash Against Trump
The president has faced a considerable amount of backlash for his statements about the media. Various leftists and other critics believe that Trump’s comments are dangerous. Anti-Trump individuals furthermore insist that the president’s words are waging war against the press and could potentially encourage violence against reporters.
However, many of Trump’s supporters don’t see matters from this perspective. An overwhelming amount of right-wingers have stated that the media has the responsibility to report accurately and without bias. Moreover, Trump supporters maintain that the press is not an entity that is above criticism.