We cannot trust a Russia asset- so we cant trust you Donald. The New York Times has been bringing the American people FACTS since 1851. Its distinguished reporters have won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. Truth is the enemy of a liar.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 20, 2019
Naw, that’s you, dumdum.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 20, 2019
You are the worst.
— Liam O'Brien (@VoiceOfOBrien) February 20, 2019
Trump constantly yells the slogan “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” like a communist or fascist dictator about to send journalists to the gulags.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 20, 2019
The Times story, which chronicles Trump’s pattern of trying to obstruct justice, is largely based on the president’s own words and actions.
Actually their story is based on publicly verifiable facts, like your own tweets. This tweet is a great example of the strategy they outline, which is to attack the credibility of anyone who is holding you accountable for your actions.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 20, 2019
When Trump defenders and QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory accusing the “deep state” of having a vendetta against Trump, tried to label the New York Times as “fake news,” Twitter fought back.
Ooops: FBI's Andy McCabe briefed Mitch McConnell and Devin Nunes on FBI's investigation into you being investigated as a possible Russian spy. And after these two Trump lovers were briefed they did NOT object. The evidence must have been that strong! https://t.co/WkysYv6gdS
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 20, 2019
So did the New York Times, with publisher A.G. Sulzberger directly responding in a statement:
“All these [past] presidents had complaints about their coverage and at times took advantage of the freedom every American has to criticize journalists. But in demonizing the free press as the enemy, simply for performing its role of asking difficult questions and bringing uncomfortable information to light, President Trump is retreating from a distinctly American principle. It’s a principle that previous occupants of the Oval Office fiercely defended regardless of their politics, party affiliation, or complaints about how they were covered.”
“The phrase ‘enemy of the people’ is not just false, it’s dangerous,” Sulzberger continued. “It has an ugly history of being wielded by dictators and tyrants who sought to control public information. And it is particularly reckless coming from someone whose office gives him broad powers to fight or imprison the nation’s enemies. As I have repeatedly told President Trump face to face, there are mounting signs that this incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and abroad.”