In an interview with Paper Magazine published on Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper expressed frustrations and deep concerns over President Trump’s battle with the media, particularly his claims of “fake news,” and his “enemy of the people” label for the press.
Tapper said that the commander-in-chief “is clearly trying to chip away at empirical fact as part of his war against any accountability whatsoever,” calling the move “dangerous.”
Other reporters, including Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, also criticized the president.
“I have said before and I’ll say again that I think calling the media the ‘enemy of the people’ is not helpful,” she told the magazine. “It’s not helpful to the situation, and I don’t think that it improves the relationship between the press and the president.”
“I don’t know if there’s ever been a president who lies as a strategy,” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace declared.
“Truth abuse is at a whole new level in politicsm” Chris Cuomo, host of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time said.
But that wasn’t the only grievance journalists put on the table. Among other topics discussed were new security needs for reporters, online bullying from outraged audiences and the necessity of thorough fact checking under an administration that has routinely twisted the truth.