The Heat: Trump and the US Media

The Heat

A number of past U.S. presidents have had issues with the press. 

Bill Clinton was angered by repeated stories about his business dealings and alleged sexual transgressions. Richard Nixon famously compiled an enemies list – ordering the Internal Revenue Service to audit the tax returns of journalists who angered him. And then there’s Donald Trump. He has repeatedly castigated the media – calling them “dangerous”, “sick” and “the enemy of the people”.

CGTN’s Jim Spellman reports. 

Follow Jim Spellman on Twitter @jimspellmanTV 

To discuss:

  • Thomas Burr is the Washington bureau chief for The Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Aaron Mate’ is the host and producer of “The Real News”, an online news channel.
  • Michael Johns is the co-founder of the National Tea Party Movement and a former speechwriter for U.S. President George H. W. Bush.
  • Frank Sesno is an award-winning journalist. He’s been a White House correspondent and CNN’s Washington bureau chief, and is currently the director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

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