Trump lashes out at ‘crooked me­dia’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump, an­gered by news re­ports that he has grown de­pressed and sullen over his fad­ing pres­i­den­tial prospects, has is­sued some of his sharpest at­tacks on the me­dia.

“I am not run­ning against crooked Hil­lary Clin­ton,” the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said in a speech on Au­gust 13 in Fair­field, Con­necti­cut.

“I’m run­ning against the crooked me­dia.”

Mr Trump seemed par­tic­u­larly up­set with The New York Times after an ar­ti­cle quoted un­named as­so­ci­ates of his as say­ing that in pri­vate “his mood is of­ten sullen and er­ratic”.

Repub­li­cans close to his cam­paign were quoted as say­ing he was “ex­hausted, frus­trated and still be­wil­dered” by the po­lit­i­cal process.

The real es­tate ty­coon re­turned to his mes­sage on Au­gust 14, tweet­ing, “My ral­lies are not cov­ered prop­erly by the me­dia. They never dis­cuss the real mes­sage and never show crowd size or en­thu­si­asm.”

Later, amid a flurry of fur­ther tweets on the sub­ject, he added, “It is not ‘free­dom of the press’ when news­pa­pers and oth­ers are al­lowed to say and write what­ever they want even if it is com­pletely false!”

Mr Trump has com­plained for months about me­dia cov­er­age.

He has stripped a long list of news or­gan­i­sa­tions – in­clud­ing The New York Times, Buz­zFeed, Politico and The Washington Post, of their cre­den­tials to cover his ap­pear­ances – and vowed that as pres­i­dent he would make it eas­ier to sue news out­lets.

“Trump is right that most of the me­dia want him to lose,” wrote The Wall Street Jour­nal edi­to­rial board on Au­gust 14, not­ing that is “true of ev­ery Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. The dif­fer­ence is that Mr Trump has made it so easy for the me­dia and his op­po­nents.”

The na­tional news out­let rec­om­mended the Repub­li­can party “write off the nom­i­nee as hopeless” if Mr Trump fails to act more pres­i­den­tial by Labour Day, in which case it said Mr Trump should “turn the nom­i­na­tion over to Mike Pence”, the Repub­li­can can­di­date’s run­ning mate. –

Photo: AFP

Don­ald Trump says he is nei­ther sullen nor er­ratic.

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