Former President Donald Trump, in an interview, decried the media landscape in the United States, saying it no longer has a “free press.”
“This is a press that we have to be very, very smart to get around, but they don’t cover bad things if it happens to be bad for Democrats. It’s pretty amazing. You take a look at some of the coverage and some of the travesty that’s taking place at the border, and the coverage is not commensurate,” he said.
“If you look at NBC, ABC, CBS, and of course CNN and MSNBC, and see—if you look at some of those networks—it’s just not covered. It’s covered so little. It’s amazing. And it’s a massive story because it’s going to destroy—it’s going to destroy our country.”
Throughout his presidency, Trump decried the “fake news” media, using the pejorative to describe outlets that he believed promoted narratives that targeted him and supporters of the “America first” agenda while generally promoting his opponents or critics. The former president also repeatedly panned MSNBC, The New York Times, and CNN, saying that these outlets are essentially wings of the Democratic Party.
Over the weekend, longtime Getty photojournalist John Moore called on the Biden administration to allow media workers to observe U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents operate as a massive surge of illegal immigrants arrives at the southern border.
“There’s no modern precedent for a full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations. To those who might say, cut them some slack—they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the U.S. response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role.”