On Wednesday, Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic, while talking at the Aspen Ideas conference told Katie Couric that he is worried about that way President Trump is effectively inciting the American public against liberal journalists to the point of physical violence. He made it clear that according to him, President Trump would be solely responsible for any violence that may occur against journalists.
After Goldberg was asked his opinion on Trump’s continuous criticism of so-called “fake news” outlets, including The Washington Times, CNN, and The New York Times, he told Couric that his biggest fear for the journalist community was mainly related to violent, physical attacks on reporters and media related personnel who held liberal views.
Couric said, “When the president constantly tweets that different newspapers are examples of ‘fake news’ … and accuses reporters of being ‘fake news’ at White House briefings or when he appears before reporters there, what’s your reaction?”
Goldberg responded, “Part of my reaction is that we’re all engaged in a reality TV show, that this is a reality TV version of a war between a president and the press.”
He continued, “The problem is, and this is what I worry about more than anything else, is that there are people in the country who don’t understand that [Trump’s ‘war’ on the media] is a cynical reality TV game and are going to hear over and over again from the president that reporters, journalists are enemies of the state.”
He added, “And someone, I mean God forbid, someone is going to do something violent against journalists in a large way, and then I know where the fault lies. And we’re heading in this direction, and it’s quite frightening.”
All of this, of course, comes on the heels of two explosive investigations by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas – in which top CNN officials are caught admitting that the Russia Investigation narrative is, “a witch hunt” and a, “nothing burger.”
Jeffry Goldberg’s brazen attempts to blame the president for the pathetic state of journalism, and the fake news that plagues even the largest and most established news organizations ring especially hollow. It is the extreme climate of political hostility and hatred created by the establishment media and Hollywood that resulted in the attack on congressional republicans, and shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise by a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer earlier this month.
The hypocrisy from the left, and the lengths they go to accuse their enemies of doing EXACTLY what they are dong is astounding – but, sadly, par for the course in the politically charged climate of 2017.