Trump Meets With Times Publisher to Discuss ‘Fake News’

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
July 29, 2018Politics
Trump Meets With Times Publisher to Discuss ‘Fake News’
President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd after leaving a meeting at the New York Times on November 22, 2016 in New York. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump revealed on July 29 that he met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger earlier in the month to discuss “the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media,” something he often accuses the newspaper of.

“Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times,” Trump wrote on Twitter on July 29. “Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!”

According to a statement from Sulzberger, the White House invited him to meet with the president. Sulzberger said such off-the-record meetings are not unusual and that previous presidents with concerns about media coverage have done the same. The publisher met Trump on July 20 and the meeting remained off the record until July 29.

Sulzberger said that he accepted the meeting to express his concern with the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.”

“I told the president that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said.

“I told him that though the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about him labeling journalists the ‘enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and pegged the likelihood of Clinton winning the presidency at 85 percent on election day.

The newspaper’s opinion pages feature criticism of the Trump administration on a daily basis and its news coverage tends to focus almost exclusively on negative angles.

The New York Times is frequently mentioned when Trump lists off “Fake News” media, along with The Washington Post, CNN, and others.

In the first four months of 2018, coverage of Trump by ABC, CBS, and NBC was 90 percent negative, according to a report by the Media Research Center. Little has changed since, despite historic steps to denuclearize North Korea, record-low unemployment, a booming economy, and progress on trade deals.

Despite Sulzberger’s claim that Trump rhetoric will “lead to violence” against journalists, no recent incidents of that nature occurring in the United States have been widely reported in the media. Conversely, the negative perception of the Trump administration, created in large part by major media outlets, has led to more than 500 incidents of harassment or violence against Trump supporters and members of the Trump administration.

From The Epoch Times

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