President Donald Trump is taking some grief over this tweet where he said members of the media and their bad reporting “can also cause War!”:
The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
As you might imagine, members of the media are kinda pissed about it:
This is outrageous. I’m sorry, I don’t know what else to say to someone accusing me and my colleagues of causing war. I know he’s baiting us to respond. I’m taking the bait in hopes that rational folks realize this is wrong and dangerous. https://t.co/yhS3a8wEaU
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 5, 2018
Including Fox News’ Chris Wallace (John Bolton dodged FWIW):
— The Hill (@thehill) August 6, 2018
Now for the flashback…
We remember when it was totally acceptable to accuse a reporter of leading the U.S. into war, which is exactly what Trump tweeted:
— Michelle Coffey (@m_cof) April 30, 2015
All the cool kids were saying it, remember?
up there with Judith Miller "reporting" leading up to the Iraq War https://t.co/UKbE5cDGQl
— Neera Tanden ? (@neeratanden) January 21, 2017
She caused it don’t you know?
— Raw Story (@RawStory) January 18, 2017
So when Trump says to blame reporters it’s bad, but not when Media Matters says it?
— Media Matters (@mmfa) July 30, 2015
And it will be funny when Trump turns this against the media and their Iraq reporting, because he totally could do that if he wanted to and libs would have nothing to say:
On accountability in US journalism: Jim Risen wrote in his @theintercept article today that the *only* US journalist to pay any price for horrific pre-Iraq-War reporting was Judith Miller, who became a scapegoat for reasons people would rather not examine https://t.co/Vj7YRspBjJ pic.twitter.com/AT7BTVqyTd
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 3, 2018
Kirsten Powers: Democrats blaming Judith Miller for Iraq War is 'pathetic to watch' http://t.co/2cdP6C2P4r
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 3, 2015