In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Thursday night, Rudy Giuliani praised the President-elect’s relationship with the press, claiming that Trump is bringing the country “back to a free press.”
While discussing Donald Trump’s relationship with the media during his news conference on Wednesday, Giuliani explained,
“It is refreshing and it is very good for our democracy that we have a president that is trying to get us back to a free press.”
During his press conference on Wednesday, the President-elect refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, calling the news network “fake news.” The claim stems from the fact that CNN published a report on Tuesday that stated that intelligence officials had presented both the President and President-elect with claims that Russian operatives had compromising information about Mr. Trump.
Giuliani’s statement is concerning, considering the fact that it comes at a time where many see Mr. Trump’s relationship with journalists as a threat to a free press.
Jim Rutenberg, reporter for the New York Times, explained that there are two take aways from Mr. Trump’s behavior during the press briefing:
1. Mr. Trump remains a master media manipulator who used his first news briefing since July to expertly delegitimize the news media and make it the story rather than the chaotic swirl of ethical questions that engulf his transition.
2. The news media remains an unwitting accomplice in its own diminishment as it fails to get a handle on how to cover this new and wholly unprecedented president.
It is no surprise, however, that Giuliani swiftly came to the President-elect’s defense. Giuliani has been a top Trump surrogate since very early on in Trump’s campaign.