Following a number of pipe bombs that were sent to former US President Barack Obama, top Democrats and news network CNN, US President Donald Trump Wednesday called on the media to end their ‘hostility’ and ‘false attacks’, AFP reported.
During a campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, Trump said: “We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. There is one way to settle our disagreements. It’s called peacefully at the ballot box.
“As part of a larger national effort to bridge our divides and bring people together, the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and stop the endless hostility and constant negative and often times false attacks and stories. Have to do it. They’ve got to stop.”
CNN is prominent in critically covering the policies and actions of the Trump administration, leading many of his rallies to hold signs condemning it.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” said CNN president Jeff Zucker earlier.”Words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
Earlier last week, an association which represented White House correspondents accused Trump of “cheerleading” violence against the media after he lauded an assault by a congressman on a reporter.