It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
If you can read this message, please contact us immediately at the following email address:
We'd like to communicate.
In his first official interview with Breitbart, the controversial site formerly run by his chief advisor Steve Bannon, President Trump clarified his hostile stance towards the mass media, explaining that what he actually opposes is media that spreads “fake news”, a term ironically coined by the conventional press to describe the "alt-right" media which fails to follow the conventional narrative. He also outlined some of the topics he’ll touch upon at his upcoming address to Congress.
“I didn’t say the media is the enemy—I said the ‘fake media’,” Trump told Breitbart in the exclusive interview on Monday according to the posted transcript.
“There’s a difference. The fake media is the opposition party. The fake media is the enemy of the American people. There’s tremendous fake media out there. Tremendous fake stories. The problem is the people that aren’t involved in the story don’t know that.” In recent attacks against the press, Trump has marked the New York Times as an example of “failing” media that “writes lies,” stressing that the outlet’s approval ratings are already in serious decline due to this stance.
Trump also stressed that competition is essential for the media to work properly, but did not comment specifically on the possible merger between AT&T and Time Warner, which if successful would unite a handful of news networks under one owner and which was criticized by Trump during pre-election days.
“I don’t want to comment on any specific deal, but I do believe there has to be competition in the marketplace and maybe even more so with the media because it would be awfully bad after years if we ended up having one voice out there. You have to have competition in the marketplace and you have to have competition among the media,” the president said.
Trump also commented on Sunday’s Oscars ceremony coverage, during
which he was the target of a number of jokes by Oscar-winners, while
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel openly trolled him during the live broadcast.
The president said the focus of the event on politics instead of
cinematography ruined it and was the reason for the unfortunate mistake
that was made when announcing Best Picture. “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end. It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars.... There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad,” Trump said.