President Donald Trump is attacking one of our best checks on government — especially at a time when Congress shows no interest in playing that role with regard to the relationship between the president’s pals and Russia.
The next time you read about a newsroom making cuts, think about the extraordinary reporting shedding light on the new administration.
When I made that point in a tweet recently, it accumulated more than 1,000 “likes.” Of course, it fell on deaf ears at the White House, where, two days later, @realDonaldTrump tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
The last time I checked, he had generated 154,693 likes, but it didn’t persuade me. Nor, apparently, the many who began using the hashtag #NotTheEnemy.
From literally day one — think crowd size at the inauguration — President Trump has used every opportunity to bash the “mainstream” media. Typical were his comments at that epic news conference:
“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people — tremendous disservice. … The level of dishonesty is out of control.
“ … How does the press get this information that’s classified? … Because it’s an illegal process, and the press should be ashamed of themselves. But, more importantly, the people that gave out the information to the press should be ashamed of themselves. Really ashamed.”
The president is attacking one of our best checks on government — especially at a time when Congress shows no interest in playing that role with regard to the relationship between the president’s pals and Russia. His anger was precipitated by revelatory journalism that takes time and money, including:
CNN’s accurate report Jan. 12 that both President Barack Obama and the president-elect were briefed on “allegations…