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Tone down, calm down – Piers Morgan advises Donald Trump on media attack

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Popular UK TV Host, Piers Morgan, has urged U.S President, Donald Trump to focus on delivering the promises he made to the American people during his campaign and put an end to his war with the media.

Morgan, who is Trump’s friend and an ardent supporter, said this after Trump, in a 77-minute press conference, attacked the media for spreading ‘fake news.’

President Trump had in the briefing asserted that the media was ‘enemy of the American people.’

But in an open letter, the online columnist with DailyMail UK criticized the U.S President and urged him to calm down.

He also blasted media agencies.

Morgan wrote in part: “Dear Mr. President, Slow down. Tone down. Calm down. I know why you’re so angry.

“It enrages you that the same media who blew so much collective smoke up your backside in the first few months of your campaign are now blowing so much collective fire and brimstone.

“They’re behaving like Dr Frankenstein when he lost control of his creature, and displaying much of the same fevered hysteria.

“It’s made some of them rankly hypocritical, demanding – rightly – that every word that comes from your presidential mouth is 100% accurate, whilst failing that simple test themselves through laziness or commercial greed.

“When Buzzfeed published completely unverified claims that you had cavorted with urinating prostitutes in a Russian hotel, I despaired of my industry.

“It was a disgraceful piece of opportunist click-baiting, and abrogated every basic rule of journalism…

“Oh but that was a genuine mistake!’ bellowed the media, racing to offer their colleague far more latitude over mistakes than they ever afford this Trump administration.

“You’ve also had to put up with CNN anchor, Carmen Aristegui, raising two fingers to her upper lip to compare you to Adolf Hitler, an evil genocidal monster who directly murdered 12 million people and started a world war that killed many, many millions more.

“That should surely have been a firing offence for a network that prides itself on impartiality?

“These are just some of the numerous examples of dreadful media behaviour that fully justify some of your fury.

“Frankly, I have never seen such a concerted campaign of vicious personal vilification against a newly elected president.

“However, it would also be true to say I have never seen a newly elected president mount such a concerted campaign of vicious vilification against the media.

“I don’t have a problem with you describing specific stories as ‘FAKE NEWS!’ if they are indeed fake, like the ones I referred to.

“But it’s ridiculous to describe, as you did on Friday, all of America’s main news networks, in their entirety, as ‘FAKE NEWS!’

“And even more ridiculous to say they are now the ‘enemy of the People.’

“They’re not. They, like you, are servants of the People.

“Nor does it help your ‘FAKE NEWS!’ cause if a lot of statements from you and your team since Inauguration Day have been demonstrably inaccurate.

“Truth matters from the media.

“It matters even more from the President.

“It’s OK to criticise the media, of course it is. But if that criticism descends into a deliberate attempt to delegitimize, as it did on Friday, then it crosses a worrying red line that leads, as Senator John McCain correctly observed, into dictatorship.

“As if your war with the media and judiciary wasn’t enough, you have also been engaged in a ferocious battle with your own intelligence agencies.

“This has already led to the premature departure of your National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, after just three weeks.

“I’m still not sure if he did anything seriously wrong, other than – and this is not an insignificant offence – mislead the Vice-President. But Flynn was tossed on the political bonfire by your vengeful spooks in collusion with the media, because they were all fed up with the abusive way you’ve been talking about them.

As for the media, Churchill had a valuable message for my profession too:

“Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day goes by without its being extolled. But some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.’

“In other words, stop throwing indignant, over-sensitive temper tantrums every time President Trump says anything about you.

“He’s entitled to criticise you, just as you’re entitled to criticise him.

“Bottom line, Mr President, is that you can’t keep expending all this time and energy waging war on the media, judiciary and intelligence agencies. You’ve made your points, loud and clear.

“Now you must dial down the aggressive rhetoric and move to delivering on what you promised the American people. That’s jobs, a healthy economy, security, improved education, better health, new infrastructure and the obliteration of Islamic State.

“The frustration for people like me who know you well, Mr President, and who do not think you’re a monster, is that your more incendiary rhetoric sometimes suggests to your critics that you might be.

“Your announcement about US coal on Friday should have provided great feel-good headlines. Instead, all the attention moved to your latest attack on the media.

“That’s just bad politics. Mr. President, you won the battle for the White House in the greatest political coup America has ever seen. Now you must win the real war – to Make America Great Again.”

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