Leonard Downie Jr.

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Reporters gather before a White House press briefing in 2019. (Oliver Contreras for The Washington Post)

“I say up front, openly and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events”, Donald Trump posted on Truth Social in September in an attack on NBC News. “The Fake News Media should pay a big price for what they have done to our once great Country”.

What could Trump do to the news media and their ability to inform the American people? Judging by what he did in his first term, plenty.

As president, he habitually attacked the news media and individual journalists as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people”, undermining public trust in the fact-finding press.…  Seguir leyendo »