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Donald Trump bashes media

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On Feb. 18 the president of the United States of America let the media have it.

According to CNN, thousands of supporters attended while hundreds protested outside a rally in Florida on Saturday, at which Trump called the news media in America, “the enemy of the American people.”

Trump began Saturday’s campaign-style rally at an airport hangar with a clear agenda against news organizations that the president does not agree with.

“The dishonest media which has published one false story after another, with no sources, even though they pretend they have them, they make them up in many cases,” Trump said. “They just don’t want to report the truth.”

Two days before the rally on Feb. 16, Trump took to Twitter to let his feelings for the media be known: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People. SICK!” The message was almost instantly deleted and 16 minutes later it was replaced with an eerily similar one that added ABC and CBS, and deleted the word “SICK.”

Trump clarified his stance at Saturday’s rally. “Much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles in particular, speaks not for the people, but for the special interests,” Trump said. “The public doesn’t believe you people anymore. Now, maybe I had something to do with that. I don’t know. But they don’t believe you.”

“The news media, like academics, is drawn from a sociology, perhaps call it the international agreement of liberal globalization culture,” Cal State East Bay political science Professor Emeritus David Baggins said. “President Trump and his constituency are opposite of that culture, believing in ‘America First’ backing the police, denouncing the culture of the Middle East, supporting Russia and its centuries-old conflict with the Ottomans, embracing capitalism, rejecting further immigration, etc. However, that thesis over-legitimates Donald Trump, who has a low regard for getting facts right.”

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