[Trump] praised the despotic Kim Jong-un and said North Korea ‘has great potential for the future.’ Not so for the political press corps.
‘So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN,’ Trump tweeted of the two networks he sees as most needlessly antagonistic toward his administration. ‘They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea.’
‘500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal – looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!’ …
Trump vented, saying: ‘The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?’ …
The president has made his repeated contentious fights with the press a centerpiece of his public relations strategy, judging from polls that his own approval ratings will consistently outperform the mass media’s.
In a February 2017 press conference, just weeks into his young administration, he pointedly declared the era of trustworthy reporting over.
‘I want to see an honest press,’ Trump said then. ‘The public doesn’t believe you people anymore.’
Not an unreasonable response, considering the avalanche of bias against him. Our political discussions usually conclude that the media is the problem, enabling any number of pathologies, corruption, and scandals to develop by their omissions or focus.