Trump Trolls New York Times, Ups His Game On War Against Fake News

A.G Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, is most likely going to regret trying to tango with President Donald Trump when it comes to the war against fake news. A.G. went to a White House meeting to talk about Trump laying off the rhetoric regarding the dying mainstream media that really doesn’t tell the truth all that often. The meeting was supposed to be off the record, but over the weekend, President Trump tweeted this.

That is not quite how A.G. saw it. Being the old-fashioned newspaperman he is, Sulzberger released a statement through his publication’s website.

My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.

I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.

I told him that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.

I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists. I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.

Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.

“Deeply troubling,” huh. It’s probably more like maddening now that such a prominent figure and president is calling out the dinosaurs on their misdeeds. We the People who pay attention have known about them for decades which is why we no longer consume MSM products and hang on their every word. And why we should be worried about reporters from other countries is beyond most Americans’ scope of caring. If the people in other countries out there want a free press they should demand it.

As for the escalation of the war of words, President Trump took to his Twitter and sent out a new storm:

Hmm… Stay tuned. The gut says there is more to this than meets the eye.

The Trump News Gazette

 

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