Donald Trump is on a collision course with some of the big news networks and newspapers. He is playing a dangerous game which could cost him dearly. Trump's broadside on so-called "fake news" and trying to sideline the media outlets which criticise him is not only an attack on the free press and speech, it is also rather silly from a man who is now sitting in the White House and who should lead by example. But he does have a Trump card. Social media means that he can speak directly to the electorate and he is using his Twitter account to brilliant effect. It has millions of followers and of course it is unedited, pure Trump.

The president is no fool but he doesn´t like to be criticised or questioned. So he tries to turn the tables on those who dare to ask the question he doesn't want to answer. I suspect that in the end the media will win; the Trump administration can´t attempt to block out the things that they do not want the electorate to know. So what is fake news? Well fake news is the news that Trump doesn't like, news that criticises the president and shows him in a poor light.

The media has its faults. The BBC is constantly being criticised by successive Conservative governments for being "left-wing" but that doesn't mean that the government will not answer its questions. In fact, the only point in which it appeared that the US president was angered by Theresa May was when she asked the BBC for its question during their joint press conference. The BBC question was not "pro-Trump" and the president turned to May and said "well, there goes that relationship".

Trump is going to have to learn to live with the media and take criticism otherwise his stay in the White House is going to be a media mess. And that will make poor reading for the president.


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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Steve Riches, You might,most don't,especially those under 30 and the BBC is no more impartial than any of the others.


Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

My apologies for "it's" instead of "its" below. Not possible to edit.


Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

Further to my comment below - you'll never get perfection in journalism but some organisations have very strict standards and are also subject to the process of law, therefore I place a lot of trust - but not blind trust - in ITN News, BBC News, Al Jazeera English channel, and, despite it's obvious right-wing ownership - The Times because Murdoch generally does not interfere with its excellent journalism. So-called "fake news" rarely surfaces in these organisations and misinformation and inaccuracy are rectified quickly as a matter of law and a matter of fact. Tom (below) says the BBC are the worst. Based on what, exactly? You have every power to take issue and they MUST answer you within the law and take any consequences. There are many dedicated good journalists in many organisations producing factual and accurate news. Don't knock it, we depend upon it.


Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

Henry James (below) - the Press publishes on the internet. Or are you seriously suggesting we base our news perceptions on private Twitter and Facebook (and other social media) postings? Anyone with sense compares and contrasts the news output of major journalistic organisations and you can soon work out who may be trusted for impartiality and who may be driven by political ownership or by slanting information for financial advantage.


Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Trump does not really need the press as far more people,for better or worse,get their information on the internet now,and Trump knows that.


Tom / Hace over 4 years

You have to be pretty dim to believe what the media have to say including this site and the BBC are the worst !