14 February 2017
US President Donald Trump wasted no time declaring war on his first day in the White House. It wasn’t against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, not yet at least. Not China or Mexico. Not even the Democratic Party. The war he started immediately was with the American media.
The first salvo was fired over what he alleged as their false reporting of the size of the crowd at his inauguration. Newspapers and television networks said it was much smaller than president Barack Obama’s and showed pictures of the two ceremonies. The new President fired back, accusing them of producing fake news. Not mincing his words, he declared: “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.”
… Han Fook Kwang is senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This article first appeared in RSIS Commentary.
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Last updated on 14/02/2017