CNN Panel Berates Trump's “Irresponsible,” “Damaging” Attacks On The Media

Brian Stelter: “This Is Much, Much Worse Than What We've Seen In The Past. ... Trump Is Routinely Lying To His Supporters About The Media”

From the October 11 edition of CNN's New Day

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CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): We're starting to get a taste of this being turned back on the media. We have a clip of what was done with some of the Trump supporters with CNN reporters at one of his rallies. Take a look. 


CUOMO: Now, look I get why people criticize the media. Often it is with good reason. I grew up most of my life not liking the media. But I think this is very high on the list of irresponsible things the guy has done. Katy Tur at NBC had to be walked to her damn car by the Secret Service because of what came out of his face. He doesn't think about the implications to anybody other than himself. Have you ever heard of anybody in politics, let alone a presidential nominee, doing anything like this to the Fourth Estate? 

BRIAN STELTER: This is much, much worse than what we've seen in the past. It is one thing for candidates to criticize the press, say they're getting bad coverage, but Donald Trump is routinely lying to his supporters about the media, in little ways and in big ways. And that has damaging effects for the viewers who are watching and more importantly for the voters who support him because they're being misled. 

BILL CARTER: And there's a mob mentality now at stake. These people are yelling and shouting and threatening reporters in a way I've never seen. 

ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): That's right. They go over to the press pen. There's the large issue of obviously denigrating the press --

STELTER: And it's Trump who's encouraging --

CAMEROTA: -- but then there's the individual aspect of people going to the press pen. The press are penned in. People don't know that. And yelling at them, making vulgar gestures at them. 

CUOMO: I dealt with it at the RNC. I get the passion. But a politician has a responsibility. You shape the passion of people. I don't mean to call supporters sheep. I respect people who want to back politicians. Trust me. But he makes them angry. And then instead of saying things to you, they want to do things to you. And I'm telling you, something is going to happen. Something is going to happen. 

STELTER: He needs to help bring the temperature down. Instead, he keeps raising the temperature by lying to them. 

CARTER: But he's not going to, because his whole defense now is to stir his base. And I think this is playing into that as well. 

STELTER: And what we're seeing is denialism as well. He's been citing these online surveys again to say that he won the debate. Those online surveys are unscientific. And if you don't believe me, you can believe Fox, you can believe lots of media outlets.They'll tell you, it's not real.

CUOMO: It started as a joke. I used to joke, Trump is going to get me arrested some day. Somebody is going to say something in his stead, and I'm going to wind up getting arrested. Now it's not a joke anymore. I got to walk around with Camerota 24/7. 


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