A Days after winning the 2016 election, Donald Trump – perhaps the most press-friendly, or rather press addicted, politician in recent US history – told CBS’s Lesley Stahl News his reasons for relentlessly attacking the mainstream media.
“Do you know why I’m doing this?” the 45th president told the 60 minutes corresponding. “I do this to discredit you all and put you all down, so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.
Four years later, as Trump grapples with the inevitable that Joe Biden will soon oust him from the Resolute Desk, he can rightfully claim at least one major triumph: his relentless barrage of “fake news”, “terrible reporter, ”“ wise men ”,“ third-rate ”,“ shame ”and“ enemy of the American people ”- a slander he first launched (via Twitter, of course) on February 17, 2017 – a had measurable and even irreversible effects. , undermining the credibility of American journalism.
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