President-elect Donald Trump is facing several challenges right before his inauguration, including A-list celebrities not wanting to perform at the event, performers who agreed to backing out, record protests and low ticket sales.
And now, the U.S. press corps has just sent a warning Trump to not mess with them.
The editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, Kyle Pope, on behalf of journalists penned a powerful open letter to the business mogul, setting the record straight with the future president who is obsessively critical of the mainstream media.
“In these final days before your inauguration, we thought it might be helpful to clarify how we see the relationship between your administration and the American press corps,” the letter kicked off. It then referred to Trump’s troubled relationship with the media.
“You’ve banned news organizations from covering you. You’ve taken to Twitter to taunt and threaten individual reporters and encouraged your supporters to do the same. You’ve advocated for looser libel laws and threatened numerous lawsuits of your own, none of which has materialized,” Pope wrote.
“But while you have every right to decide your ground rules for engaging with the press, we have some, too.”
The letter also referred to a recent incident that took place at a press conference where the president-elect refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta.
“So, when you shut down or ignore a reporter at a press conference who has said something you don’t like, you’re going to face a unified front,” it read.
“We’ll work together on stories when it makes sense, and make sure the world hears when our colleagues write stories of importance.”
The document also made clear that Trump will have to be careful of what he says and tweets once he takes office, because he won’t get away with it anymore.
“When you or your surrogates say or tweet something that is demonstrably wrong, we will say so, repeatedly,” Pope added.
The letter outlined many, many things that President-elect Donald Trump should be aware of, but, if anything, it made one thing certain: He can no longer make false claims or call news organizations “fake news” unless he has real proof.
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