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

Experts at the United Nations have released a statement condemning President Trump's persistent attacks on the news media. The statement goes on to warn these continued attacks could put journalists at risk of physical violence. The president vehemently says the news media is the enemy of the people, but are his claims putting writers in danger? 

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The United Nations 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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Despite the United Nation's warning, the president has continued tweeting about his displeasure with the news media.

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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.

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As an example of the rising vitriol targeted at reporters, CNN's Jim Acosta posted a video to Twitter from a recent Trump rally in Tampa, Florida. 

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Vox writer Zack Beauchamp noted that the president reposted a tweet from his son which seemed to encourage crowds to harass reporters.

This isn’t a matter of Trump violating some abstract, airy-fairy “democratic norms.” This is the president whipping up hatred of the media in tweets and public appearances, watching it blossom into a reporter becoming a target of hate at one of his rallies, and then expressing his satisfaction with how his supporters are acting on his messages.

This is not the way leaders of a democratic country are supposed to behave. Yet so far, Trump has pretty much been rewarded for it.

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