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N.Y. Times Publisher Calls Trump's Language About Journalists 'Increasingly Dangerous'
Following a tweet by President Donald Trump on Sunday morning (July 29) stating that he had met with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger to discuss "Fake News," the journalist responded with a statement of his own.
"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous," Sulzberger said. "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.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists that will lead to violence."
For Trump's part, the president also cited the phrase "enemy of the people" -- a group of words he first used to describe the media in February last year -- tweeting, "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People.' Sad!"
Trump has not been shy in his criticism of major media networks or publications, often citing them as "fake news" and referring to the Times as the "failing New York Times" often on Twitter.
"Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world," Sulzberger said. "I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attack on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country."
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.