NN host Jake Tapper read off a tweet from Donald Trump during Thursday’s episode of “The Lead.” The president demanded that the media be held accountable for “made up” information and news.
“Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump tweeted early Thursday.
Tapper was quick to agree and say that the news absolutely should be held to the standard of verifying the reality of news. However, he noted, “does President Trump have that same responsibility?”
“Apparently not,” concluded Headline News host S.E. Cupp. “The president feels as though he is in the unique position of verifying news. We saw it when it came to the Rex Tillerson quote. ‘I didn’t verify it,’ he also wasn’t in the room. And we had multiple sources confirming it. That’s the way American journalism works.”
She went on to say that this is a bigger problem because Trump is actively working to “undermine the stability and the trust of the free press.”
“He’s done that not just in the press, but in a lot of institutions and it’s a tactic to make the American public, American citizenry paranoid, afraid, distrusting,” Cupp continued. “That way he can be the voice. And only he can be the voice that most people trust. So, it’s deeply, deeply and dangerous when he says things like this because people believe him.”