Trump Blames Media for ‘Great Anger’ in America Just Days After Bombing Suspect Targeted His Critics

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The CNN office in New York was evacuated last week due to a bomb being sent to the site. Now, President Donald Trump is blaming media for the “great anger” in the United States, even though a major media outlet was one of the largest targets.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

Journalists were quick to respond to Trump’s rhetoric. Jim Sciutto, a CNN correspondent, defended his media company and pointed out the reality of his experience of being threatened at work.

Other journalists followed suit, arguing that putting the blame on the media instead of the people who actually carried out attacks or attempted attacks is counterproductive.

Sunday night the president tweeted a similar sentiment, blaming the media for “fake and dishonest reporting” that he believes causes “problems far greater than they understand.”

The president was asked by many to tone down his attacks on the media. President of CNN Jeff Zucker put out a statement Wednesday after the attempted attack:

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” Zucker said. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand that their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”

But with the midterm election looming, the president is not backing down on his usual criticism on the mainstream media which continues to hype up his base at political rallies.

Other targets from the mail bomber included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, and multiple other critics of Trump.

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