Is the media unfair to President Trump? | The Tylt
Is the media unfair to President Trump?
President Trump had a war of words with CNN's Jim Acosta, right after the veteran reporter called out questions at a photo op. The president had attempted to expand on his initial Charlottesville remarks earlier in the day, with a clear denunciation of white supremacy groups, but the timing has continued to come under fire.
Trump supporters see the incident as yet another example of an outspoken, biased member of the media picking on the president after he caved to public pressure and called out white supremacists by name. For critics of the president, it's yet another example of juvenile behavior from the highest elected official in the land—deflecting with sound bytes for the base and loaded inaccuracies.
Trump deleted the tweet of a CNN reporter being run down, but many were still aghast that he would share such a violent image only days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed and 19 injured when a 20-year-old white supremacist drove his car into a crowd.
Trump just re-tweeted this image, of a CNN journalist being killed, run over by a train 3 days after a woman was killed, run over by a car. pic.twitter.com/TZ09OafrXF
The president's attacks on CNN, in particular, have led to a disturbing increase in threats and intimidation to employees of the network. Critics say the Commander-in-Chief is essentially inciting violence against a media organization that is just trying to do its job.
“The only thing I worry about is somebody getting hurt,” a CNN insider told The Daily Beast, speaking on condition of anonymity because this person is not authorized to discuss internal network operations. “These far-right trolls are really threatening people and coming after people. Somebody’s gonna do something stupid at some point.
CNN got death threats amid Trump attacks last month, trolls went after a reporter's parents and fiancée https://t.co/T6amk2XrKD
Many say the idea of a "war" between Trump and the media is itself a false description. The media is not inciting violence against the president. One person in this equation commands armies, the other does not.
Hey @realDonaldTrump, did you post the “Trump Train” tweet or did someone else? We’re you inciting violence against journalists? Or @CNN?
Trump's re-election campaign made an ad that specifically calls out CNN and its anchors, and has accused the network of censorship after it refused to run the TV spot.
The ad, called “Let President Trump Do His Job,” accuses the media of “attacking our president” and briefly displays pictures of news anchors from several news outlets, including CNN anchors Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper. “The president’s enemies don’t want him to succeed,” the ad states. “Let President Trump do his job.”