The President Of The Washington Post Essay

1865 Words Dec 13th, 2016 8 Pages
On February 26, 2016, President-elect Donald J. Trump berated that the television cameras at his rallies only pointed to crowds when there was an attendee causing trouble and slammed the media as the “most dishonest groups of people [he has] ever met,” during a rally in Fort Worth, Texas. He also insulted one of the most well-respected journalistic organizations, The New York Times, stating, “They’re terrible… A failing newspaper, which probably won’t be along for that much longer.” Trump also added that the Times was “run by incompetent people” and had “an agenda that you wouldn’t believe.” He further attacked Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post; he believed that Bezo’s objective in purchasing The Washington Post was to have political influence and allow Amazon to benefit from it. Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman, has issued a number of legal threats to reporters and other media personnel throughout the years. As President, he vowed that the media was “going to have such problems;” he promised that, as President, he would re-write the libel laws to make it easier to sue the media for defamation (Engel). Though the freedom of the press is a cornerstone of a stable democracy, Donald Trump’s relationship with the media has progressively deteriorated through his actions. Trump stated,
I’m going to open up our libel laws. When they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money… So that when…

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