Why Donald Trump’s comments about the media are no laughing matter.

 

If there’s one thing we know for sure when it comes to President Trump, it’s that he is not a fan of the media.

In fact, he’s quite adversarial when it comes to press. Through his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, the President of the United States has been taking aim at specific media outlets and encouraging his followers to call out “fake news”.

But do his constant accusations of “fake news” and his dressing down of the media mean a lot more than we think?Are they more than something that we can simply laugh off?

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Trump is clearly no fan of the media. (Getty)

In a recent tweet, outspoken US Senator Bernie Sanders compared Trump's interactions with the media to totalitarianism.

He wrote: "In Trump's view people should ignore all the news except what comes directly from him. That is what totalitarianism is all about."

It's a sentiment echoed by former Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

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On a episode of NBC's Meet the Press, set to air on Sunday night, McCain said that attacks on the press are "how dictators get started."

“I hate the press. I hate you especially," McCain told NBC's Chuck Todd.

"But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital. If you want to preserve – I'm very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started.”

McCain's comments were in response to a recent tweet from POTUS, declaring that the media is the “enemy of the American People.”

He wrote: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing , , , , ) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

Within the last 24 hours, President Trump has tweeted again, telling people not to believe the mainstream media.

"Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it," he tweeted.

This is not the first time President Trump has taken aim at the media on Twitter. Here are just a few of Trump's tweets from the month of February:

According to McCain, this is exactly how dictators begin their reign of terror.

"They get started by suppressing free press,” he said.

"In other words, a consolidation of power when you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

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McCain withdrew his support of Trump in October after a tape was released in which Trump bragged about groping women. He is now calling for an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the presidential campaign.

CNN contributor Carl Bernstein, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, has also called out Trump, calling his words "treacherous."
"The most dangerous 'enemy of the people' is presidential lying -- always," he tweeted. "Attacks on press by @realDonaldTrump more treacherous than Nixon's."

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