President Donald Trump has a new term for mainstream media outlets’ reporting of his administration: “Very fake news.”
During a White House press conference, Trump mused that he came up with a new term when he was asked a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta. On Jan. 11, during another press conference, he told Acosta: “You are fake news.”
“I love this. I’m having a good time,” the president also said at his latest press conference, according to a live stream.
“Real news,” Acosta insisted after Trump made his “very fake news” claim.
Acosta then asked Trump if calling news outlets “fake news” could damage the public’s trust in them. In response, Trump said that media outlets oftentimes spin stories that he views as positive into something very negative.
The president frequently tweets that most legacy media outlets are purveyors of “fake news,” but he’s focused primarily on CNN. “FAKE NEWS media, which makes up stories and ‘sources,’ is far more effective than the discredited Democrats – but they are fading fast!” he tweeted.
“I want to see an honest press. … It’s so important to the public. The public doesn’t believe you people anymore,” said Trump.
Trump explained how he believes the media operates in its reporting of his administration
“They’ll take this news conference, I’m actually having a very good time, but they’ll take this news conference … That’s how I won. I won with news conferences and speeches. I certainly didn’t win with you people, that’s for sure. But I am having a good time. Tomorrow you will say: Donald Trump rants and raves,” he said.
“But I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time. But tomorrow the headlines are going to be: Donald Trump rants and raves,” Trump continued
Recent polls and surveys show that the U.S. public’s trust of the press has cratered—but it’s worth noting the decline in trust has been a constant for decades.
Trump’s administration was seen as more truthful than the news media, according to a poll in early February. Emerson College found that 49 percent of respondents consider Trump’s administration truthful, and it found that 53 percent believe the news media is untruthful.