Are President Trump's attacks on the media putting journalists in danger?
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Are President Trump's attacks on the media putting journalists in danger?

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Police in California arrested a man who has been calling the newsroom of the Boston Globe and threatening to shoot reporters. The man told reporters they were the "enemy of the people," echoing language President Donald Trump frequently uses to describe the media. Many have worried the president's statements are putting members of the press in danger while others feel the president is within his rights to air his grievances against the press. What do you think?

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The man police arrested began calling after the Boston Globe spearheaded a campaign to encourage journalists to push back against President Trump's attacks. 

According to prosecutors, when the Globe called for newspapers around the country to use their opinion pages to counter President Trump’s description of the news media as an “enemy of the people,’’ Chain started calling the Globe and making threats to newsroom employees.
“In the calls, Chain referred to the Globe as ‘the enemy of the people’ and threatened to kill newspaper employees,’’ prosecutors wrote in a statement. “In total, it is alleged that Chain made approximately 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe between August 10 and August 22, 2018.”
On Aug. 16 when the Globe and newspapers around the country published their editorial and opinion pieces, Chain allegedly called the Globe newsroom and “threatened to shoot Globe employees in the head ‘later today, at 4 o’clock.’ ”
An affidavit filed in the case said that Chain owns several firearms, including a new 9mm carbine rifle that he bought in May.

The morning of the arrest, the president tweeted numerous times about the media.

On "Face the Nation," host Margaret Brennan pressed Kellyanne Conway to explain the president's most recent tweets about the media. In her questioning, Brennan brought up threats that Conway says she has personally faced

BRENNAN: But I know you're sensitive to security concerns, because you have been the victim of some targeting.
CONWAY: Yes.
BRENNAN: And I know you're sensitive to this.
So can't you understand the difference, though, when the president escalates, that there is actually at times physical danger, potentially, that there is a risk here, that the president may want to change that rhetoric?
CONWAY: The president wants people to give information, news they can use.
And I have got to tell you, there are a large and growing swathe of reporters, all of whom or most of whom I feel like I have a decent relationship with, that are sitting in the press Briefing Room who have contracts on cable TV where they say things and they say things on Twitter they would not get away with in print.
It would not pass even the most violently anti-Trump editor's desk. And so I think those standards are much lower on Twitter for these journalists, certainly on TV. I have been talking about this for two straight years now since the campaign.
I think the temperature needs to be dialed down overall.
(CROSSTALK)
BRENNAN: And you don't believe that journalists are enemy of the people?
CONWAY: No, I don't believe journalists are the enemy of the people.

The United Nations has released a statement warning that President Trump's tweets put journalists at risk. According to The Guardian:

Donald Trump’s attacks on the media have been condemned by experts at the United Nations, who warned that the US president’s vitriolic rhetoric could result in violence against journalists.
In a joint statement, two experts on freedom of expression – David Kaye, who was appointed by the UN human rights council, and Edison Lanza, who holds the corresponding position at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, said: “These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law.”
Trump’s attacks “are strategic, designed to undermine confidence in reporting and raise doubts about verifiable facts”, they added, while noting the president “has failed to show even once that specific reporting has been driven by any untoward motivations”.
“We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.”
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