NY Times counters Trump tweet about White House meeting

NY Times counters Trump tweet about White House meeting

In a statement, A.G. Sulzberger said he made a decision to comment publicly after Trump revealed their off-the-record meeting to his more than 53 million Twitter followers on Sunday.

Trump often describes the Times, a publication he regularly reads and has given interviews to, as the "failing New York Times".

The New York Times publisher said he was not asking Mr Trump not to criticise his newspaper if he was unhappy with its coverage but asking him to "reconsider his broader attacks on journalism".

In April, Malaysia made it a criminal act to share information deemed to be fake news - "any news, information, data and reports which are wholly or partly false, whether in the form of features, visuals or audio recordings or in any other form capable of suggesting words or ideas" per Poynter - becoming the first country to do so, according to the Times.

While it was his understanding that the topics discussed at the meeting were off the record, the newspaper issued a statement after Trump's Sunday morning tweets "has put the meeting on the record". "Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are unsafe and harmful to our country", he said.

Trump has been known to refer to media coverage that portrays him negatively as "fake news".

Is it true that the president has "broadly labeled the news media the "enemy of the people"?

If reporters at papers like the Times don't like being criticized by the president, they should secede from the Resistance and go back to practicing journalism.

In May, the company reported first quarter revenue of almost $415 million (€355 million), a 3.8 percent jump over the first quarter of 2017.

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger met with Donald Trump on 20 July
Image Arthur Gregg Sulzberger met Donald Trump on 20 July

President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trump's aides requested that the meeting be off the record, which has also been the practice for such meetings in the past.

Sulzberger, who succeeded his father as publisher on January 1, said his main objective for accepting the meeting was to "raise concerns about the president's deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric".

But since then, as the Times and other news sources have chronicled Trump's personal and political problems and logged his frequent misstatements, the president has repeatedly lashed back.

I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly risky.

I told him that although the phrase "fake news" is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists "the enemy of the people".

He said the president's rhetoric was being used by authoritarian regimes to justify attacks on journalists.

"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly risky", he said.

"I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country's greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press", he added.

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