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Trump vs. the Media

Trump vs. the Media

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Trump vs. the Media

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46 pages
54 minutes
Apr 25, 2017


How bad is the problem of media bias? The answer can be summed up in a few words: President Donald J. Trump. Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question that Trump gained a huge amount of support for his willingness to criticize the media in harsh and unsparing terms. The media seems baffled by the fact that it’s lost the trust of the American people. It has responded by being extraordinarily defensive and doubling down on histrionic attacks. However, the American system has always depended on a strong and trusted media to hold those in power accountable. Journalist Mollie Hemingway looks at the impressive list of media failure that led us to this unique moment and asks, Is it possible for the media to recover its credibility before it’s too late?
Apr 25, 2017

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Trump vs. the Media - Mollie Ziegler Hemingway


Inaugurated in the fall of 2009, Encounter Broadsides are a series of timely pamphlets and e-books from Encounter Books. Uniting an 1 8 th century sense of public urgency and rhetorical wit (think The Federalist Papers, Common Sense) with 21st century technology and channels of distribution, Encounter Broadsides offer indispensable ammunition for intelligent debate on the critical issues of our time. Written with passion by some of our most authoritative authors, Encounter Broadsides make the case for ordered liberty and the institutions of democratic capitalism at a time when they are under siege from the resurgence of collectivist sentiment. Read them in a sitting and come away knowing the best we can hope for and the worst we must fear.

Table of Contents


How’d We Get Here?

Not Just Politics

Enough’s Enough

Objectivity and Overconfidence

Team Democrat

Lies, Damned Lies, and Fact-Checking

It’s Only Crazy When Trump Says It

The End of Our Collective Amnesia


THE DAY AFTER he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump visited the CIA and announced that his attacks on the media would continue. I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, right? he said.

The next week, his advisor, Steve Bannon, told the New York Times that the media had been humiliated by the paper’s biased 2016 election coverage. I want you to quote this, he said. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

On February 17, Trump tweeted to his twenty-five million followers that the fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! He reiterated this in a public speech a week later, making sure to clarify he was singling out fake news.

NBC News political director Chuck Todd responded on social media: This not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican. Journalists wrote tributes to themselves about the importance of journalism, and shared the most indignant reactions to Trump on social media. Many media outlets and editors said the president’s insults were renewing their sense of mission. The Washington Post changed its motto to Democracy dies in darkness. The New York Times ran an ad campaign claiming, The truth is more important than ever, a statement indicating that for the paper the importance of truth was conditional on whether its management agreed with the politician in charge.

The media shouldn’t have been surprised by what Donald Trump was doing. In speeches and on social media throughout the campaign, Trump played the part of a busy media critic, calling various news outlets fake, disgusting, and dishonest. His frequent attacks on the media were lapped up by voters, frustrated by years of uneven coverage of conservative

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