Christiane Amanpour from CNN is warning that President Donald Trump attacking the news media is inspiring dictators to “beat up against” reporters.
“I mean, look, we have, for instance, in London, this weekend, the president of Turkey, a U.S. ally. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is coming here. This is one of the key abusers of the press in his own country. I mean, taking them to court, you know, putting them in prison. I mean, just the worst,” Amanpour explained Sunday to Brian Stelter on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“So when the president of the United States of America, you know, says these kinds of things, other leaders are empowered, whether they’re quasi-democratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, they’re all empowered to beat up against the press. And that’s really dangerous around the world,” she added.
Amanpour’s comments come as relationships between Donald Trump and several news outlets continue to collapse.
Last week, Trump considering revoking the press credentials of news networks for their “negative” coverage.
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
Trump has an ongoing tendency to blast news media members, calling journalists “fake news” and “dishonest media.”
Amanpour said news organizations should have stuck together when President Trump took away news organizations’ press credentials in the presidential campaign of 2016.
“I think it should be one for all and all for one. If one of our members is targeted, we should all rise up,” said Amanpour. “That’s what gives us strength.”