Mediaite’s Dan Abrams: Trump WH Is ’Trying to Undermine Everyone’s Faith in the Media’


Mediaite founder Dan Abrams spoke to Fox’s Howard Kurtz this morning about how President Trump and his White House are trying to “undermine” public trust in the press.

Abrams told Kurtz that if you like Trump, you loved his press conference last week, and if you don’t like him, the presser did nothing to change your mind. As for everyone else, he argued, “I don’t think he’s helping himself with those people.”

Kurtz argued that there is a deep disdain for Trump in the press that goes beyond personality and to what they consider his extreme positions.

Abrams offered two examples to counter. The first was George W. Bush. Bush also lost the popular vote and got tougher media coverage than Barack Obama did, but “we didn’t have anything like this sort of acrimony.”

The second example was Neil Gorsuch. Aside from liberal outlets that weren’t going to like anyone Trump picked, Abrams said, the Supreme Court pick was well-received. There was no “major media attack” on him because of how well it was handled by the Trump administration.

Kurtz also brought up this idea that the media is (or should be) the “opposition party” to President Trump.

Abrams said it’s certainly the role of journalists to push back and be critical, and whether the press likes the label or not, Trump certainly views them that way.

“They’re trying to undermine everyone’s faith in the media,” he concluded. “Why? So when they then get called out on things, when untruths are pointed out, they can just say, ‘Oh, it’s fake news!'”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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