Defense Secretary: Media is not the 'enemy of the American people'

"The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!". Trump dispatched with that news in short order and then got to why he was really there: to tell reporters - and everyone else watching - how bad the media is.

Mattis' comments came two days after Trump continued his attack on the media, characterizing a number of large media outlets as the "the enemy of the American People!" via Twitter.

The Twitter outburst comes a day after the president held an impromptu, freewheeling press conference during which he lambasted journalists for being dishonest and accused them of deliberately misrepresenting the facts to hurt his administration.

Indeed, Trump has not missed a chance to criticize United States mainstream media for distorting facts and participating in exposing classified information on U.S. foreign policies. "The level of dishonesty is out of control", Trump said on Thursday.

He said he believed USA media had become too "hysterical" in its reporting of Mr Trump, but that: "The enemies of the democracy at the end of the day are not the press".

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He brought up the term repeatedly in his surprise press conference Thursday, where he dismissed reports of a chaotic start to his presidency and insisted it was a 'fine-tuned machine'.

That was a tweet President Trump sent out Friday as he continues to ramp up his war against the media. But efforts to silence or threaten critics - and make no mistake, labeling the media an "enemy of the people" is an attempt to do just that - is quite simply un-American.

However, his political opponents and the media is not that happy, he said at his fourth news conference in a week during which he displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a President in public. Many agree. FAKE MEDIA calls it differently!

"At times abrupt, often rambling, characteristically boastful yet seemingly pained at the portrayals of him, Mr. Trump kept summoning the spirit of his successful campaign after a month of grinding governance to remind his audience, again, that he won", the media outlet said.

"The press - the public doesn't believe you people anymore". Now, the role of a free press seems more important than ever.

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"I am not a great fan of [Trump's] daily tweets", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late last week.

Trump's approach drives at the heart of an ongoing debate over "fake news": media distrust. You know why, because it's an illegal process.

In the meantime, I highly recommend everyone go take President Trump's little media survey so that his results stand a chance of having an accurate depiction of what Americans think.

"When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press", McCain said.

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