PRESIDENT TRUMP makes no secret of his loathing for the news media. Crude and juvenile attacks on journalists — "scum," "slime," "crazy," "moron," "disgusting," "sleaze" — were a mainstay of his presidential campaign. But the media bashing has grown even more menacing during his first weeks in the White House.
In a bizarre and rambling press conference on February 16, Trump lambasted the press for peddling "fake news" and trafficking in "hatred." In a tweet the next day, he labeled The New York Times and four broadcast networks "the enemy of the American people." He repeated the "enemy" language when he addressed a gathering of conservative activists in Washington a few days later. The president denounced news organizations for reflecting "their own agenda" and "not the country's agenda," and insisted that they "shouldn't be allowed" to use unnamed sources in their reporting.
"The fake news doesn't tell the truth," said Trump. He warned: "We're going to do something about it." . . .