As Twitchy reported, President Trump kicked off his press conference Thursday with a direct strike at the reporters sitting right in front of him, declaring that “the press is out of control” and escalating from there.

Not surprisingly, the news media did not appreciate that introduction. Fox News’ Shepard Smith was “near-apoplectic” on air that afternoon, and journalists like Ron Fournier declared that they are #NotTheEnemy after Trump followed up with this Twitter broadside, which racked up more than 125,000 likes in the space of 24 hours.

In fact, there was enough of a backlash on social media to spawn a Twitter Moment:

Anthony De Rosa, digital production manager for The Daily Show, is no Trump fan, but he’s offered some of the best advice we’ve seen.

And the chance of that is … ?

Has there really been that much coverage of Trump’s tweet? CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of Reliable Sources, hasn’t seen much, but never fear, news outlets are on it … including CNN. Trump’s Twitter targets, including CNN, were a hot topic on “The Situation Room” Friday.

CNN’s Michael Smerconish offered a commentary on Trump’s tweet on his show Saturday morning. also hosted an opinion piece on the president’s tweet by the Miami Herald’s Frida Ghitis, herself a former CNN producer and correspondent.

And forgive the long screenshot here, but Trump’s tweet about the press certainly seems to loom large in the latest newsletter from “Reliable Sources,” CNN’s show about the news media itself, hosted by Stelter himself. Expect plenty of discussion about Trump’s tweet on Sunday.


It might sound flippant, but the best way to counter the fake news tag would be not with hashtags on social media but with real news on TV screens and in print.