Breitbart News has reported that the press has been treating President Donald Trump very differently from how he was treated during his time in office.
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump wrote in a column on Monday that the administration has not been cooperating with the press, and that the news media have been using “dumb rules” and “misleading language.”
This, Bump continued, is “a clear indication of how the administration’s policies are being challenged, especially at the press briefing.”
Bump also noted that “the administration is using the press briefings as a sort of campaign to deflect the pressure on him to release his tax returns.”
Trump, of course, has said that he is not releasing his tax return, which is due out in 2021.
Bump explained that the White House has been using the briefing to try to “drive home the point that he’s untrustworthy” and to “sow doubts about his honesty.”
The White House also used the press conference to criticize the media for using terms like “fake news” and calling out outlets for reporting on a “fake” Russia investigation.
Bumplsthe press has also used “dumbing down” in its treatment of the administration, which the president has used to deflect criticism.
“The press is getting dumb and not understanding the issues, and they are just being a bunch of dicks,” Trump told reporters in March, according to a New York Times report.
“You’re not supposed to be saying these things.
It’s just a stupid way to talk.
You can’t just have this stupid attitude.
You have to be a little smarter.
And you’re getting very, very stupid.”
As a result, Bum said, the press “is going through the motions of being a dummy.”
“And I think that’s the problem,” Bump said.
“We have to change it.
We have to learn to be more intelligent.”
In the Post article, Bumper cited a recent op-ed in the New York Post that was penned by a member of the press corps.
The piece was published on Monday, and in it, the columnist argued that the “press corps has been dumb and ineffectual.”
The column stated that the media has been “coddling the Trump White House.”
“It has been a frustrating experience, but we must remember that there are more important issues in the public interest than any short-term political gain,” the writer wrote.
“This is about the future of our democracy, not just how to put a president in office, or how to make him feel good about himself.”
Bumper wrote that the lack of transparency and accountability “is the single most critical problem in our press corps.”
“The media has failed in its duty to protect the public, to provide a forum for public debate and debate about the pressing problems facing the country, and to give voice to those who are most affected by these crises,” Bumper concluded.
The Post article is not the first time that the Trump press has used the term “dissent.”
In May, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the president had “become a different person” and that his views had changed.
In November, Trump said that “we don’t have a lot of time” to be talking about his taxes because he is in the middle of a “major scandal” involving his campaign manager.