Former President Donald Trump took his criticism of America’s mainstream media to the next level, stating that this country no longer has a “free press.”
President Trump revealed his thoughts during an interview on Lisa Boothe’s podcast on Monday.
He pointed to the current border crisis as an example, citing the lack of proper coverage and saying, “This is not a free press.”
“This is a press that we have to be very, very smart to get around, but they don’t cover bad things if it happens to be bad for Democrats. It’s pretty amazing. You take a look at some of the coverage and some of the travesty that’s taking place at the border, and the coverage is not commensurate,” he said.
“If you look at NBC, ABC, CBS, and of course CNN and MSNBC, and see — if you look at some of those networks — it’s just not covered. It’s covered so little. It’s amazing. And it’s a massive story because it’s going to destroy — it’s going to destroy our country.”
Throughout his presidency, Trump famously labeled the majority of mainstream media as “fake news,” using the pejorative to describe outlets that he believed promoted heavily biased narratives that targeted him and supporters of the “America first” agenda while promoting his opponents or critics.
The former president also repeatedly panned MSNBC, The New York Times, and CNN, saying that these outlets are essentially wings of the Democratic Party.
Recent polls have suggested that Americans are largely distrustful of corporate, mass media. A Gallup poll released last year showed that only 9 percent of Americans trust the media “a great deal” and 31 percent trust it a “fair amount.”
Meanwhile, 33 percent have “no trust” at all in the media and 27 percent don’t trust the media “very much,” according to the survey.
In other polls, a significant number of Americans have blamed mass media for exacerbating the political divide in the United States.
Trump, during the podcast episode, also confirmed news that he plans to launch his own social media platform in the near future and also named several Republicans that conservatives should keep their eye on as potential 2024 presidential candidates.
Trump confirmed he is creating “the hottest ticket in social media” that is going to “completely redefine the game.”
Trump said he is, “doing things having to do with putting our own platform out there” that will be coming out “soon.”
When asked about 2024 and viable Republican presidential candidates, Trump said people should keep an eye on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Josh Hawley among “others.”
“I mean, you know, there’s a, there’s a pretty deep bench,” Trump added. “I’ll make that decision sometime later, but there’s a pretty deep bench. If you look at the polls, they love the job that I’ve done. We had a 97 percent approval at C-PAC, a 97 percent approval on policies and different things.”
DeSantis is increasingly discussed as the emerging star of the Republican Party after the way that he navigated Florida throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which included outperforming many Democrat states that used strict lockdowns while he kept his state largely open.