President Donald Trump has fired another round at The New York Times. In a series of tweets and reports from earlier this month, the president accused news pieces of being "horrendously inaccurate and dishonest" and even went so far as to say one Washington Post reporter "should be fired."
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the White House briefing room, claiming the reports in question were "out of control."
"You cannot say that it's an honest mistake when you're purposefully putting out information that you know is false," she said, "or when you're taking information that hasn't been validated, that hasn't offered any credibility, and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance."
While news outlets are being asked to verify their sources, the president tweeted anti-Muslim videos to his 44 million plus Twitter followers, although these were later proven false. No apologies were given, with Sanders claiming that while the videos may not have been real, "the threat is real" enough.
Indira Lakshmanan holds the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute and has claimed that Trump is trying to undermine America's faith in journalism.
"It is a common thing in the authoritarian playbook to discredit the media so that they are the only source that can be trusted. Making it so there is no objective truth is the most dangerous thing of all this."
More recently, President Trump has turned his attention to The New York Times and their coverage of his television habits, claiming it was a "false story."
The bottom of the article supposedly said that "Mr. Trump sometimes watched Mr. Lemon in CNN to get worked up," according to MSNBC. The Times released a statement about the piece, claiming it was "sourced from interviews with 60 advisors, associates, friends and members of Congress."
Analysts of Trump's tweets say that his criticism is not just poking at the facts used by news outlets, but he is also undermining "the very institution of journalism," leaving a lot of outlets floundering.
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