President Trump on Sunday blasted the “dying newspaper industry” for reporting fake news, but also warned that the media’s “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is putting the lives “of many, not just journalists, at risk.”
“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk,” the president wrote Sunday on Twitter. “Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately.”
Trump said 90% of the coverage of his presidency has been negative, although in reality the president has had “tremendously positive results.”
Trump also said: “I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” he continued. “No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people!”
Trump also spanked a couple newspapers by name, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
“As an example, the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements – and they will never change!” Trump wrote.
The president’s rant came hours after both released differing takes on their private White House meeting on July 20.
Said Trump: “Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. 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!
Sulzberger issued his own statement in which he said he “told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
“I told him although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people,’” Sulzberger said. “I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”