President Trump famously called the media "the enemy of the people," and many, including White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason, say Trump is responsible for stoking a dangerous environment for reporters.
We must recognize that there are threats to press freedoms here in the United States....We cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do. Freedom of the press is a building block of our democracy. Undermining that by seeking to delegitimize journalists is dangerous to a healthy republic."
But others genuinely see the press as an enemy, the servant of wealthy establishment elites. They were wrong about Iraq, wrong about Donald Trump's chances of winning the election, and they cannot be trusted. And many in Montana felt Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter who got body slammed by Gianforte, deserved it.
Jacobs is an obnoxious, dishonest first class jerk. I'm not surprised he got smacked.
Media defenders say the Gianforte incident is just one of several recent physical altercations with reporters, and argue politicians who demonize the media do so to shut down information gathering and limit the public's access to the truth.
Trump's base is not going anywhere—78 % of Trump supporters trust him more than media to "tell the truth" https://t.co/kKVMtQVOhq