On Wednesday, after President Trump targeted the mainstream media for dismissing the agreement he made with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, calling the "fake news" press "our country's biggest enemy," CNN host Wolf Blitzer defended the press, protesting, "We are not the enemy of the American people. We love the American people.”
Trump had tweeted:
Blitzer was prompted by CNN analyst David Gregory, who kept turning away from Blitzer so he could pontificate directly into the camera. He stated, "It’s so unoriginal, too. There’s no president or political figure who likes the media. And so he’s trying to outdo Nixon.”
Blitzer complained, “It’s one thing not to like the media; we’ve all worked in this news business for a long time. Everybody's always criticizing us and not happy with our coverage, whether it was President Clinton or President Bush or President—they're all criticized. But it’s another thing to say; it’s not North Korea, it’s not Iran; it’s not Russia; it’s not China; it’s journalists like us who are the enemy of the American people.”
Gregory stated loftily:
It’s one of the things that bothered me most about the president is, I don’t even take what he’s saying seriously. It’s that he’s so casual about throwing out language, and you really undermine the presidency when you do that, because there will be a time, after Donald trump, believe it or not. And he is doing damage to this notion of “Do we believe what the president says?” But we live in an environment where social media, principally, allows so much hyperbole, but now the president engages in it and it becomes kind of the bloodstream of our public discourse, where you could say something that over the top, and it will be the President of the United States who says it. And I don’t take it seriously, which is a problem too, because he’s not really being serious when he says it.
Blitzer concluded, “A lot of his supporters believe that we are ‘the enemy of the American people.’ And that is a really, really awful situation. We are not the enemy of the American people. We love the American people.”