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Last night, instead of attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally where he trashed the event and the media at large. Besides calling out the “fake news” media and the “failing New York Times,” POTUS noted that he’d much rather be at the Pennsylvania rally than the “very, very boring” WHCD.
As CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter noted at the top of his show Reliable Sources this morning, this is something we’ve seen time and time again from the president.
“President Trump playing attack the messenger — again,” he noted. “Lobbing insults at the Washington press corps from 121 miles away.”
While explaining that the reaction Trump gets from his fans when he attacks the media is meaningful, Stelter reiterated that this is a pretty tired act and “not really news.”
“They’re the opposite of new,” he stated. “They’re a copy-and-paste from the campaign.”
Stelter went on to point out that there was something new that we saw this morning — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus saying that the administration is looking into changing libel laws.
Noting that the previous night was all about First Amendment rights for both Trump and the media, the CNN personality ended by stating that this morning begins with a “new chill in the air.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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