“I love journalists, that’s why I may organize a special banquet for them this evening at the Saudi embassy.”
— Czech president Miloš Zeman, quoted by Euro News, apparently alluding to Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds a majority of Republicans — 51% — see the news media as the enemy of the people, compared with 37% of them who view the media as an important part of democracy. By contrast, 91% of Democrats and 70% of independents see the media as an important part of democracy.
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 46% of Americans believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Trump and his administration. Just 37% of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17% are undecided. Among Republicans, 76% think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration.
Number of days since Donald attacked the media, CNN reports. “Trump last tweeted negatively about the media Feb. 26, when he slammed a new ad campaign from the ‘failing’ New York Times.”
I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.
— Former President George W. Bush, in an interview on the Today Show.
I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to the government. That is something you can’t ban an entity from. Conservative, liberal or otherwise, that’s what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.
— White House press secretary Sean Spicer, quoted by the Washington Post, on Dec. 16, 2016. On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, Spicer blocked several media outlets from a White House briefing.
Trump’s media attacks are characterized by harshness,
And his “enemy” meme is starting to stick to the press.
But the media mainstream
Now has it’s own meme —
WaPo’s new tagline: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”