Here we go again.
After having made similar comments earlier this year, President Trump has again taken to Twitter to call the American press the “enemy.”
Early this Sunday morning, after having concluded his first foreign overseas trip as president, Trump wrote on Twitter, “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names, it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers.
#FakeNews is the enemy!”
For Trump to make such comments is obviously wrong and detrimental on a number of levels. For one, Trump undercuts through his remarks big time the freedom of people in the United States to say whatever they please, as long as it’s not hate speech. This freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment, and it’s what makes America what it is.
Trump, however, through painting those who oppose him and spread negative news about him as the “enemy” launches an attack on all of that.
Concurrently, there really is no basis for Trump’s claim that much of the mainstream media peddles “fake news.” Trump himself has acknowledged this through his past statement asserting that he considers most any negative coverage of his administration as “fake news.”
Back in February, he wrote on Twitter, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
Finishing off the issues with this tweet is that, quite frankly, Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy” stands to possibly incite real physical violence against journalists. Sure, he says “fake news” in this tweet, but he’s made it clear in the past that he considers the lion’s share of media outlets to be “fake.”