Trump tweets: Media is 'enemy of American people'

Posted February 17

— President Donald Trump took aim at the media after the White House adamantly denied a report that the National Guard would be used to round up unauthorized immigrants.

White House officials said the Department of Homeland Security draft proposal was rejected.

Shortly after that report, Trump tweeted his disgust with the media.

Ryan Thornburg, an associate professor with UNC School of Media and Journalism, said journalists shouldn't worry about being attacked, but that the situation does mark a difference in the relationship of the executive branch and the press.

“There is a long history of presidents criticizing the media, and he is just taking it to the next level,” he said.

Thursday’s news conference highlighted the turbulent relationship between the press and the president, with an exchange over recent stories on information leaks.

“You know what they said. You saw it. The leaks are real. The news is fake,” Trump said.

“The public doesn’t believe you anymore. Maybe that has something to do with it. I don’t know.”

Thornburg said through his statements, the president is sending his own story to the American public.

“Donald Trump clearly is wanting to sell the story that the American media and journalists in particular are unfair. He’s using a bully pulpit to do that as much as possible, and that is his prerogative.”

Thornburg said it’s now journalists’ responsibility to make sure reports are accurate.

“I think it will be up to the American people to decide whether the press is on their side or whether the president is on their side.”


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  • Stacie Hagwood Feb 19, 8:41 a.m.
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    Media is the enemy of dictators.

  • Freda Kerr Feb 19, 7:18 a.m.
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    One problem with the mainstream media is that they provide commentary after reporting about an event/issue. That's where the perception of bias comes in.

    There are so many other sources for info outside ofbthe mainstream media. I like going to news agencies outside of the U.S. I look at statistical reports from organizations that have no party affiliation.

    Any attempt to silence the media is an affront to the Constitution, and is frankly unpatriotic and treasonous.

  • Ken Ackerman Feb 18, 2017
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    Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
    -Adolf Hitler-

  • Ken Ackerman Feb 18, 2017
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    All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
    -Adolf Hitler-

  • Chiqi Torres Feb 18, 2017
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    LOL it takes one to know one. SO the media's not his darling anymore? Too many people and entities out there trying to share actual facts, NOT sophomoric teenage tweets? God forbid. But the blessing is, is the news is fake, and the election results are fake, so is Trumpeefanokee Swamp's claim to the presidency. Hurrah!!!!!

  • Clarence Drumgoole Feb 18, 2017
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    Dictatorship; Rule #1 - control "MEDIA at all cost!

  • Michael Bawden Feb 18, 2017
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    I believe it was the liberal left and Obama that started the fake news meme with FoxNews. Once again the liberals cant take what they dish out. Hurry and get to your safespace.

  • Benjamin Kite Feb 18, 2017
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    Not trying to be picky or nothing, but if the president would stop undermining the first Amendment that'd be really great.

  • John Archer Feb 18, 2017
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    Well, all I can say about many of these comments is that Trump still has his cheerleaders around. He obviously can do no wrong, and no matter what "the media" reports, y'all will still believe what he tells you. I really am hoping he will create jobs, and fix health insurance, but so far, all he's done is stir up trouble. The mainstream media are the ones that got him elected by the way, so maybe you want to be thinking them, instead of bashing them.

  • Anna Temple Feb 18, 2017
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    Said the man that wanted the same group of people to believe that The Apprentice was real. And he did convince them and he continues his fake rally cry because he is the fake, what better defense and aimed directly at the most gullible.