Media Critic: Trump’s Attacks on the Press Are Bad, Obama’s Are Worse

zurawikAs CNN’s Reliable Sources discussed Donald Trump this morning, media critic David Zurawik argued for some perspective, saying that Trump’s attacks on the press don’t really rival President Obama‘s.

Remember, over the past seven years, more and more reporters have expressed frustrations with the lack of transparency and horrible record on press freedom from the Obama administration.

Zurawik said it’s necessary, in order to make the case against Trump more palatable to conservatives, for media observers to openly say that as bad as Trump is on the press, “so far nothing rivals what President Obama did to James Risen, did to James Rosen, and did to the AP, trying to criminalize reporting.”

He said that Obama is only being nice to the press now “because of legacy” and “what happened to the press under Obama was really deadly.”

Katrina vanden Heuvel agreed, also pointing to how the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers has been “a threat to our democracy.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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