The tribunes of the media have had an especially contentious year.
The president has not only used his Twitter feed to fire back at critics, but he has also tried to bully the media into not covering the news.
And the adversarial relationship between the president and the media has become more apparent as he has sought to delegitimize the media’s coverage of the opioid crisis and attack journalists for reporting on the president’s connections to Russia.
On Sunday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter.
“They have totally covered up the fact that President Obama is a drug kingpin, a horrible human being, a liar, a fraud, and a disaster,” Trump tweeted.
“FAKE NEWS media, just like the Democrats, is totally in the tank for Crooked Hillary.
She has nothing to do with it.
“And they have no credibility, frankly, and that’s a big problem.” “
They are very dishonest and very dishonest,” Trump said.
“And they have no credibility, frankly, and that’s a big problem.”
But what happens when Trump’s tweet war with the press comes to an end?
There’s a clear pattern of Trump using Twitter to threaten reporters and other critics, including The Washington Examiner, The Hill and The New York Times, that he will do everything he can to undermine the press.
The Trump administration has also been particularly aggressive when it comes to attacking media outlets that have published critical pieces of information about the administration’s policy toward Russia.
For instance, during the presidential campaign, Trump regularly targeted the outlets for critical coverage of his campaign and his administration’s handling of Russia.
During his inaugural, Trump threatened to sue the New York Post and The Washington Times over reporting on his administration and his possible ties to Russia, as well as the Times and The Hill.
“I have zero respect for the news media,” Trump told the crowd in a tweet on January 20, 2020.
“The New York, The Washington, The New Yorker, the other paper of record, are the enemy of Trump, and I will destroy them.”
Trump also tweeted, “We have a very dishonest media.
The WashingtonPost, The Post and the other phony news media are the enemies of the United States of America!”
And Trump has been very clear that he has no respect for journalists and would fire them for reporting his administration was working with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Trump also threatened to cut off the Federal Communications Commission’s funding if they didn’t “stop” the media from reporting on leaks about the president.
But as The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier this month, Trump’s administration has continued to push back against critical coverage and journalists that have done a good job covering the president, even as the administration seeks to undermine coverage of Trump’s presidency.
“There’s a whole host of other examples of Trump administration actions that have been taken to try to make sure that they have a bad image of the press, particularly during the transition period,” said Mike Allen, a former Republican National Committee chairman and former senior advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“But there’s also the issue of how much you have to do to keep up the appearance of impartiality, the appearance that you are unbiased.”
This has led to Trump tweeting out attacks on journalists at times.
In January, Trump tweeted that The New England Journal of Medicine had reported on his ties to Putin.
“Journalists are not my friends, but I will not be bullied by @nytimes, @TheNewYorker, or @WSJ,” Trump wrote.
In May, Trump also sent a tweet that threatened to defund the Associated Press for a story it published that documented the president-elect’s business dealings.
The White House also has attempted to block reporters from covering the Trump administration’s involvement in the opioid epidemic and to block journalists from covering leaks about Trump’s ties to the Russian government.
In April, Trump retweeted an article from the Washington Post that said the White House had blocked a story about the opioid problem in a Trump administration administration.
“Why is the White house blocking the New England paper’s coverage on the opioid?
They have no right to do that,” Trump replied to the tweet.
But in October, Trump issued an executive order that required the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the opioid treatment program would not be affected by the opioid crises, despite the fact the president himself had advocated for the program’s expansion.
“We will work closely with our allies in the health care and health care services industry to ensure the opioid program is not impacted by the crisis and will work with the Department to address this crisis,” the order read.
The order also included a directive requiring that health care facilities that receive federal funds to provide free opioid medication and health services to patients.
In June, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the AP’s coverage and said he would “fight back” against the paper if it published