Jake Tapper Rips Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Press Rhetoric in Mag Interview: He’s Waging War on Accountability
President Donald Trump‘s crusade against the media may play well with his base, but reporters aren’t amused.
In a roundup interview with Paper Magazine published online Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper was one of more than 40 cable newsers who vented their frustrations and deep concerns over the commander in chief’s incendiary rhetoric, particularly his claims of “fake news,” and his “enemy of the people” label for the press.
Tapper pointed out that the president “is clearly trying to chip away at empirical fact as part of his war against any accountability whatsoever,” calling the move “dangerous.”
The anchor was joined in his criticism by a handful of other reporters, including Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, who broke with Trump on the matter, despite working for what is widely considered his favorite channel.
“I have said before and I’ll say again that I think calling the media the ‘enemy of the people’ is not helpful,” she told the magazine. “It’s not helpful to the situation, and I don’t think that it improves the relationship between the press and the president.”
But that wasn’t the only grievance journalists put on the table. Among other topics discussed were new security needs for reporters, online bullying from outraged audiences and the necessity of thorough fact checking under an administration that has routinely twisted the truth.
Read the range of interviews here in Paper Magazine.
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