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The Times story, which chronicles Trump’s pattern of trying to obstruct justice, is largely based on the president’s own words and actions.

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.

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.”

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