Connect with us

Politics

Nonprofit pro-journalism organization warns Trumps about press attacks

Published

on


Donald Trump rally
President
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Iowa on October
9.

Scott Olson/Getty
Images


  • The Committee to Protect Journalists warned President Donald
    Trump about his constant criticism of the media as a bomb scare
    gripped the nation.
  • After police a suspect, Cesar Sayoc, Jr. of Plantation,
    Florida, they found evidence suggesting that Trump’s rhetoric
    toward the media may have influenced his actions.
  • Police seized a van linked to Sayoc that displayed several
    pro-Trump stickers, including one that said, “CNN sucks.”
  • Trump insists that the thwarted bomb attacks were not his
    fault, and accused the media on Friday of being biased with its
    coverage of the bomb scare,
    calling it ploy to “score political points”
    ahead of the
    November midterm election.

The Committee to Protect Journalists urged President Donald Trump
on Friday not to keep attacking the media as the country reels
from
a bomb scare the gripped the nation
this week.

“It would be reckless and dangerous for President Trump to
continue his rhetorical assaults on the press and branding of
journalists as enemies of the people after this spate of package
bombs aimed at political figures and CNN,” The Committee to
Protect Journalists’ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney

said in a statement on Friday
.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit
origination based in New York, committed to defending “the rights
of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal,” its
website says.


Police arrested the bombing suspect,
Cesar Sayoc. Jr.
, on Friday morning in Plantation, Florida.
They found evidence suggesting that Trump’s rhetoric toward the
media may have influenced his actions.

Police seized a van linked to Sayoc that displayed several
pro-Trump stickers, including one that said, “CNN sucks.”

Sayoc has been charged with mailing more than a dozen package
bombs to several high-profile Democrats, including former
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former
President Barack Obama, both of whom Trump has criticized
publicly.

Trump on Friday acknowledged that Sayoc was one of his
supporters, but rebuffed the notion that
his rhetoric toward the media is to blame
for the thwarted
bombings.

“There is no blame. There’s no anything,” Trump told reporters
outside the White House Friday before leaving for a political
rally in North Carolina.

When asked if he would take a softer stance toward the media amid
the recent bomb threats, Trump replied, “I think I’ve been toned
down. You know, I could really tone it up.”

Such was the case at Trump’s North Carolina rally Friday night,
where the president blasted the media over its coverage of the
bomb scare, CNN
reported
Friday.

Trump leaned into his assertion that the media was biased and
said that their portrayal of Sayoc as staunch Trump supporter

was a way to “score political points” against him
and other
Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending