Trump Calling Media "Enemy of the American People" Reminiscent of Stalin, Mao

The very first question on the survey asks "Do you believe that the mainstream media has reported unfairly on our movement?"

"The leaks are absolutely real", Trump added.

Republican strategist John Feehery said Trump might be seeking reassurance after a troubled few weeks.

Shepard Smith, an anchor at the president's favorite news channel, Fox News, blasted Trump on the air in a blistering tirade.

CNN would disagree. Adweek reports CNN CEO Jeff Zucker says the network did its "biggest brand survey" ever last month and found Trump's "fake news" label isn't hurting them.

Limbaugh provided his listeners a live listen to the Thursday presser, offering intermittent commentary when ever he felt necessary.

The rant comes on the heels of the President's recent February 16 press conference in which he was supposed to merely announce his new nomination for Labor Secretary, but instead spent a large amount of time decrying journalists and the American news media.

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Trump also does not appear to be taking part in the usual briefings presidents receive before calls with foreign leaders. Now a whopping nine high-ranking officials tell The Washington Post otherwise.

He called on CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, with whom he has already shared an uncivil exchange in which he called the outlet "fake news".

Business Insider's Allan Smith described the press conference as "among the most surreal and unprecedented the United States has witnessed in 228 years of having a president". "If we don't talk about it, we're doing a disservice". He also defended Michael Flynn, who resigned Monday as national security adviser, amid mounting evidence that he misled administration officials about his phone calls to the Russian ambassador.

Yet what, exactly, makes a news outlet "fake"?

"But I am involved, so I know when you're telling the truth and when you're not". "The level of dishonesty is out of control", Trump said on Thursday. No wonder the president, throwing the latest in a series of tantrums, sees independent American journalism as "the enemy". "Actually, I've seen that information around".

"Trump is determined to beat and bloody the press whenever he finds himself in a hole."

"This is our mantra, 'buy American and hire American.' We want products made in America, made by American hands", he said, pledging to wean the country off imports.


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