State College, Pa- There’s little doubt that President Donald Trump has a different relationship with the media compared to previous Commander-In-Chief’s.
Terms like “fake news” and sentences that end with “very dishonest” are common catch phrases the President uses when referencing news outlets.
But is this appropriate criticism of biased news outlets, or rhetoric against reports that don’t align with the Presidents’ beliefs?
WTAJ spoke with a media professor from Penn State for further insight.
“When we hear fake news, when we hear enemy of the people… I think what would be best for the public is look at what is true. Look at what is validated and verified and see if President Trump states a specific case rather than just a vague [statement like] this is fake news,” said Bob Trumpbour, a communications professor at Penn State Altoona.
In recent tweets… including those surrounding the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting in Pittsburgh, The President and his staff are fighting back against the notion by some media outlets that he incited the violence.
“The only person responsible for carrying out these heinous acts are the individuals who carried them out. It’s not the President, no more than it was Bernie Sanders’ fault for the individual who shot up a baseball field of congressional republicans,” said White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
President Trump says the media forces him to be combative.
Stating: “If the press was fair I’d have a much different tone all the time, but I’m fighting the media…..It’s not being honest and I’m fighting that lack of honesty so I have to have that tone otherwise I’d never get my points across.”
Professor Trumpbour says this fighting nature is part of the President’s DNA.
“The fact that Donald Trump has worked in one of the most challenging media environments of all… the New York media market….has him more comfortable with going after the press.”