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Kurtz: Why A. G. Sulzberger took over the President
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the Twitter feud between President Trump and The New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger.
There was something encouraging that President Trump was ready to invite the publisher, what he is talking constantly attacks as a “failure” New York Times, about their differences.
As I reported in my book, Trump has other off-the-record sitdowns with such journalists such as Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos, to serve as a vent meetings and keep the lines of communication open.
But then, as so often, the President and the press, they all dissolve in bitterness.
Trump showed the “very good” 20. July-meeting with A. G. Sulzberger, the Editorial page Editor James Bennet, in a tweet.
He said they spent a lot of time in conversation “about the huge amount of Fake news, the media, and how this Fake News has the phrase” an enemy of the people.’ Sad!”
The opened the door, as the lawyers say, for Sulzberger to fight back. The 37-year-old rookie publisher was not left about, a picture that he was summoned for a lecture. So he issued a tough statement assailing Trump the “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric”:
“I told the President directly that I thought that his language was divisive, but increasingly dangerous.
“I told him, that, although the term” fake news “is wrong and harmful, I’m far more concerned about his labelling of journalists” the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this rebel is a language, a contribution to an increase in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
No way to let Trump was going to remain unanswered. In a tweet storm, the President said, it’s the news business, the risk posed to the people:
“If the media crazy by your trump derangement syndrome shows the internal deliberations of the government, it brings to the lives of many is really the only journalists in danger! Very unpatriotic!”
He also said: “I’m not going to let our great country, sold out to be the anti-Trump-haters in the dying newspaper industry.”
So, now we have a situation, where each side accused threaten the life of the other.
The President has every right to push back against the mostly negative reporting that he receives. As an example, on the comment page, not a columnist for a pro-Trump. His conservative op-ed writers seem to rip those who love him with as much fervor as the liberals.
If the media jack everything up to 11, from Putin to the separation of the family to a Michael Cohen Band is a Playboy model, then much of the reporting is reduced to background noise.
But I wish the President would stop the “enemy” and “unpatriotic” language that can excite his base, but does not cross a red line. News organizations have a long history, sources, softening, or to delay national security secrets to officials of the case, the life could be at stake. But the press has been reporting on what Trump calls “the internal deliberations of our government” since the founding of the Republic. It is hardly unpatriotic, report on problems with the head of the EPA, or HHS, which forced both Scott Pruitt and Tom Price.
Times editor-in-chief Dean Baquet refused to attend the meeting, told BuzzFeed that he is not, as in the conversation with top-officials, off the record, and that “I don’t want to be courted or wooed.”
But it is actually healthy, Sulzberger, and Bennett sat down with trump to each other, air their complaints. It is a pity to reduce the session wound up escalating tensions, rather than you.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.