Vastavam web: Escalating his rhetorical attacks on US news outlets, President Donald Trump has said his haters in the “dying newspaper industry”, driven insane by ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’, are putting many lives at risk.Trump’s attack on the media came after he met A G Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, who warned the president in a White House meeting that his attacks on the news media “will lead to violence.” Trump claimed that the “failing New York Times” and the “Amazon Washington Post” do nothing but “write bad stories even on very positive achievements”.Trump since his election as the US president has been targeting media houses for “biased” news. He had coined the term ‘Fake News’ during his presidential campaign.
The president also instituted the ‘Fake News Award’ earlier this year and announced the winner on January 18. Stories by the New York Times, ABC News, CNN and Washington Post were announced the winners of the award. Trump said the freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately and accused the mainstream media of wrongful coverage.”Ninety per cent of media coverage of my administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low!” he said.Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that he had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with Sulzberger.
“Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People’. Sad!,” he said.The account of the meeting was however challenged by Sulzberger. “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,” said the NYT publisher.
“I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labelling 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,” he said in a lengthy five-paragraph statement.”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,” he said.Sulzberger said he warned Trump that “it was putting lives at risk, 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”.