Media rejects claims that they are unfair to Trump

NY Times:

With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift


The president falsely accused journalists of inventing a rift between him and spy agencies and of deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.
Because Trump does not always speak with the precision of legalese some of his statements are open to the interpretation the media puts on them regardless of his intent.  He sometimes speaks in broad terms about the intelligence agencies when he is really upset with the actions of specific leakers who are trying to undercut him.  At the same time, he is upset with the leakers he is also saying he supports the intelligence agents.  The media does not seem willing to accept this nuance.

As for the crowd scenes, I think he was upset by the use of photos taken earlier in the day before the crowd had gathered for his speech which showed a smaller turnout than the one that was actually there at the time of the speech.  He sees the media's emphasis on the crowd shots as another attempt to question his legitimacy.

This is a battle that the media is actually losing, and does not know it.  Its credibility is already in question because of its admitted unfair treatment of Trump during the election.  Trump's attacks on the media will only confirm in his followers' minds that he is being treated unfairly.  Media hostility toward him is not helping media credibility.  They need to work harder on understanding what he is trying to say and accomplish.

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