Is it unfair to blame President Trump for violence against journalists? | The Tylt

Is it unfair to blame President Trump for violence against journalists?

Five journalists were gunned down in the Capital Gazette newsroom, and many believe President Trump is partly to blame. Trump has called the free press "the enemy of the American people" and often refers to the mainstream media as "fake news." As the president of the United States, his words hold extra meaning. But others feel it is outrageous to blame Trump for the actions of a deranged maniac, and there's no evidence he was inspired by Trump. What do you think?

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From calling out journalists at his rallies to threatening to sue the New York Times, Trump has a long history of attacking the media.

It’s bad enough that media companies are struggling with declining revenue, fragmented audiences and the increasing power of intermediaries like Facebook. Now add to that a president who has shown himself to be actively hostile towards the press and the First Amendment.
Throughout the campaign, Trump penned journalists up at his rallies, encouraged the crowds to attack them, went after reporters he didn’t like, and encouraged his surrogates to do likewise. He denied press credentials to outlets like the Washington Post when he didn’t like their coverage.
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With the recent shooting at the Capital Gazette, many say Trump is directly responsible for violence against journalists.

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He's the president of the United States. His words have consequences.

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But others say, no matter how much you dislike Trump and his attacks on the media, blaming him for the actions of a deranged shooter is irresponsible.

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The suspected shooter had a long history with the paper that dated back to 2011. There's no evidence he was inspired in any way by Trump's rhetoric, and assigning blame to Trump is unfair.

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Is it unfair to blame President Trump for violence against journalists?
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#TrumpIsToBlame
#DontBlameTrump