President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times on Monday in an interview with Breitbart News claiming that the newspaper is out to get him.
The President reiterated what he has been saying recently — that he can handle tough press, when it is warranted. However, there have been no occasions where the President has received bad press that he has thought was warranted. He said that the treatment by the Times is not just negative, but it’s mean-spirited and meant to sink his presidency.
“It’s intent. It’s also intent. If you read The new York Times. If you read The New York Times, it’s — the intent is so evil and so bad,” the President told Breitbart in a sit down interview in the Oval Office. “The stories are wrong in many cases, but it’s the overall intent.”
Trump mentioned to a story that The Times ran last May regarding Trump allegedly making unwelcome sexual advances or sought to shame them by critiquing their appearances. The report was based on interviews with fifty women.
The story predated by months, Trump’s leaked ‘Access Hollywood’ tapes where Trump can be heard making extremely lewd comments and admitting to what many believe would amount to sexual assault. Several of the women who were purportedly interviewed for the report came out and said that their comments had been distorted or made up in order to smear Trump.
“They did a front page article on women talking about me, and the women went absolutely wild because they said that was not what they said,” Trump said. “It was a big front-page article, and the Times wouldn’t even apologize and yet they were wrong. You probably saw the women. They went on television shows and everything.”
“It was false. Did they apologize? No.” the President continued, adding “I call them the failing New York Times and they write lies. They write lies.”
Trump also pointed out one of the authors of the article, Michael Babaro, claiming that he “has a website full of hatred of Donald Trump.”
“He shouldn’t be allowed to be a reporter because he’s not objective,” the President said. “It’s not all, but it has many negative things about Donald Trump. But he shouldn’t be allowed to write on Donald Trump. And, he writes that story. But that’s one of many. So, when you read the Sunday New York Times, it’s just hit after hit after hit. And honestly, I think people are wise to it because if you look at the approval rating, you see it’s down. you know, it’s gone. There’s very little approval.”
Trump also reiterated what he says constantly — that he does not dislike or hate all media, but just what he refers to as “the fake media,” which encompasses the entire mainstream media, which is a nebulous term even in Trump’s language as he includes various specific outlets in that group depending on their reporting of the day.
“There’s a difference,” Trump said. “the fake media is the opposition party. The fake media is the enemy of the American people. There’s tremendous fake media out there. Tremendous fake stories. The problem is the people that aren’t involved in the story don’t know that.”
“I didn’t say the media is the enemy—I said the ‘fake media,’” he added. “They take the word fake out and all of a sudden it’s like I’m against—there are some great reporters like you. I know some great honorable reporters who do a great job like Steve [Holland] from Reuters, others, many others. I wasn’t talking about that. I was talking about the fake media, where they make up everything there is to make up.”
As Trump includes virtually all mainstream media and any outlet that he subjectively believes treats him in a negative manner, his statement is a distinction without a difference.