Mediaite’s Dan Abrams, Megyn Kelly Tackle Implications of Trump ‘Punishing’ Media

Mediaite founder Dan Abrams sat down with Megyn Kelly tonight for an extensive two segment discussion of the implications of a Trump presidency for the media.

Abrams said that in Trump’s world, if you criticize him “you’re the enemy.” He gave Kelly due credit for setting the standard for how members of the press should respond when Trump attacks.

Kelly recalled how she had to have security around her after getting that criticism and warned that she was lucky because she works at a company like Fox––someone in a less fortunate position might not be so lucky. She said, “It would have real First Amendment implications.”

Abrams was particularly alarmed about Trump “punishing certain media organizations because they publish things you don’t like” and “marginalizing the media as a whole.”

He distinguished between something like Trump criticizing the New York Times which he seemed to think was fair game as opposed attempting to marginalize the media as they exercise their role as a check on presidential power.

“To fundamentally change what the media does vis a vis the president,” he told Kelly, “is scary stuff to me.”

As Abrams pointed out, Trump seems “willing to forgive” news outlets depending on how he feels at a particular moment. But that in itself, he added, is concerning.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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