CNN’s Brian Stelter: Trump’s ‘Reaching For Ways to Punish the Media For Stories He Doesn’t Like’

This morning, President Donald Trump once again took aim at the mainstream media via Twitter over a story he didn’t like. In this instance, it was NBC News’ report that the reason Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” was due to Trump request to increase America’s nuclear capability — tenfold.

Following Trump’s tweets threatening to challenge NBC’s FCC license, the president continued to lash out at NBC News Wednesday afternoon, telling reporters that it’s “frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it.”

After Trump’s remarks to the press, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter reacted by saying that the president is indeed calling the media “disgusting” and the “idea of a free press disgusting.”

“We’ve heard a lot of anti-media attacks from this president but this is one of the worst,” Stelter told anchor Brooke Baldwin. “I don’t want to stoop to his level, saying this is disgusting that he has this disregard for the press, but I will say it’s disappointing.”

Noting that Trump greatly benefits from a free press, the Reliable Sources host explained that Trump tends to rip “fake news” when the White House is underperforming.

“It seems to me he’s reaching for excuses, reaching for ways to punish the media for stories he doesn’t like,” he stated. Stelter added that the NBC News story about Trump’s nuclear comments had multiple sources, and that making up sources rarely happens in journalism.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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