The executive editor of the New York Times said in a recent interview that he believes President Donald Trump has put the lives of reporters in danger during his time in office, according to The Guardian.
Dean Baquet, who took over the Times at a perilous time in their history, said that the president accomplished that by subjecting the reporters around him to personal abuse and describing them as “enemies of the people”.
Baquet, according to the Guardian, “has led the news outlet during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, said the US president’s history of verbal attacks on journalists such as the New York Times’s political reporter Maggie Haberman was ‘appalling’ and risked having serious consequences.”
“I think his personal attacks on reporters, including Maggie, are pretty awful and pretty unpresidential,” Baquet said, according to the Guardian. “I think personal attacks on journalists when he calls them names, I think he puts their lives at risk.
“I think that when he actually calls reporters names, says they’re un-American, says they’re enemies of the people … that phrase has a deep history. I think when he says that, it is an appalling attack on the press.”
It was just a year ago that the president was in the middle of a battle about journalists privileges at the White House, and an attorney for the Trump administration announced that they could ban the entire press corps from the White House, the Daily Mail reported.
“If the president wants to exclude all reporters from the White House grounds, he has the authority to do that,” the attorney said during a closely watched court hearing.
The attorney was describing an option where the administration would move reporters, editors, TV producers, and camera operators to another government facility.
The Trump administration is not proposing an option where they limit the ability of news organizations to report or publish what they see fit, according to a Daily Mail White House source.
Written by Savannah Pointer.