This morning, the publisher of the New York Times sat down with the President to warn him about the dangers of his disgraceful war on the free press — but judging from the President’s public response, it does not look like he got the message:
Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the President’s account of the discussion between the two men was immediately challenged by Sulzberger himself, who released a lengthy statement in which he revealed that he accused the president of being “divisive” and “dangerous” to his face.
Just in: Statement from NYT Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, who says he told Trump his “language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.” pic.twitter.com/S6crsb2ID0
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 29, 2018
The president escalated his battle against the White House press pool this week when he banned CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from attending a press conference after she dared to ask him questions he complained were “inappropriate” and further infuriated them when he called for a “news conference” and then refused to take any questions.
President Trump’s constant demonization of the press and his declaring them to be “enemies of the people” is a very, very dangerous display of authoritarianism that many are worried will lead to violence against the media for their efforts to tell the world the truth about Donald Trump and his crooked accomplices.
Sadly, it’s not likely that the president will be swayed by Sulzberger’s arguments, and we should all be greatly concerned that the publisher of our nation’s most prominent newspaper is sounding the alarm in such dramatic fashion. We must fight harder than ever to preserve our free press and the democracy it upholds.