Yesterday, February 17th, Trump tweeted out, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” I think everyone knows that the media and Trump haven’t necessarily gotten along the best these last several months but is it right for him to call these news outlets fake? I question just as Danielle Kurtzleben questions in her NPR article if this is really “fake” news that Trump is addressing or is it just the biased articles that are against him.
In yesterday’s press conference, which was expected to focus on the announcement of Trump’s new Secretary of Labor turned into a conference about fake news, repeating on multiple occasions, “The reporting is fake.” Trump’s supporters seem to be standing behind him as he continues his fight against fake/biased media as told by The Associated Press. Where as his critics still think he’s just using it as another excuse for not getting things done and an attempt to denounce the news that doesn’t appeal to him as Frank Scheck reported in The Hollywood Reporter.
I’m all for fighting against fake news in the traditional sense of the phrase, lies disguised as news articles that confuse and can mislead the public. However, repressing biased news is not acceptable, whether we like it or not news should be viewed and characterized as biased not fake. Both sides, Trump and the news outlets, need to understand the distinction and call it what it is on a case-by-case basis.