Donald Trump warns journalists, calls them most dishonest human beings

The US President said that the media falsely reported the number of people attending his inauguration ceremony.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:January 22, 2017 10:45 am
President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience after speaking at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Describing journalists as the most dishonest human beings on Earth, US President Donald Trump has said he has been “running a war” with the media and warned them of consequences for falsely reporting that less number of people attended his inauguration. “We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field,” Trump said.

“I say, wait a minute, I made a speech. I looked out, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. They (media) said, Donald Trump did not draw well. I said, it was almost raining, the rain should have scared them away, but God looked down and he said, we’re not going to let it rain on your speech,” he said. “Then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured. But, we have something that’s amazing because, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I turn on — and by mistake I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people,” he said.

“Now, that’s not bad, but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the Washington Monument, was packed. So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. I think they’re going to pay a big price,” Trump warned. Trump was speaking at the CIA headquarters. He told his top spy agency that this is the reason for him visiting the CIA headquarters as the media has portrayed that he has differences with the intelligence community.

“The reason you’re my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth,” Trump said amidst applause and laughter from the CIA officials attending his maiden address to them. “They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know, the reason you’re the number-one stop is exactly the opposite. They understand that, too,” he said and then said that the crown strength of his inauguration was being accurately being written by the media.

Then Trump listed out another incident. So a reporter wrote that Trump took down the bust, of Martin Luther King. “It was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So a reporter writes a story about I took down. I would never do that because I have great respect for Martin Luther King. But this is how dishonest the media is,” Trump alleged.

“I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time — when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in — because I am coming back — we’re going to have to get you a larger room,” Trump said indicating that he would have a bigger room for the White House press corps.

Meanwhile, in an unusual sharply worded remark, that took the White House press corps by surprise, new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media for what he considered “inaccurate and unfair” press coverage over the past 48 hours. Prominent among these included tweets about a Martin Luther King bust in the Oval Office, and the crowd size coverage during presidential inauguration on Friday. “The president is committed to unifying the country and that was the focus of his inaugural address. This kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenge of bringing about our nation together is making it more difficult,” Spicer said.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable.And I am here to tell you that it goes two ways. We are going to hold the press accountable as well,” said the new White House Press Secretary. Spicer, did not took any question but said he would hold his first news conference on Monday. In an open display of anger and frustration against the media Spicer alleged photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimize the enormous support that it gathered on the National Mall.

“This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings had been used the protect the grass in the mall. That had the affect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing while in years past the grass eliminated this visual,” he charged.

Spicer said this was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the mall preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.

“Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service which controls the National Mall does not put any out,” he asserted.

Spicer said this applies to any attempts to try to count the number of protesters today in the same fashion.

“We do know a few things so let’s go through the facts. We know that from the platform where the president was sworn in to 4th Street holds about 250,000 people. From 4th street to the media tent is about another 220,000. And from media tent to the Washington Monument another 250,000 people,” he said.

“All of this space was full when the president took the oath of office. We know that 420,000 people used the DC metro public transit yesterday which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural,” he said.

Spicer said this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. “Period. Both in person and around the globe,” he added.

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    Bipin Bhardwaj
    Jan 23, 2017 at 4:06 am
    Sign of Fascism, attack civil liberties, freedom of press, freedom of expression, All fascists have their take off attack the Press,rights of the people and violate the consution take way the freedom of the people, people will eradicate fascist regimes, leaders sooner than late, the tide all over the world against crimes against the people is rising People will not allow the fascist to implement their evil design.
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      IML sood
      Jan 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm
      No surprise, this naked game being pla by Media in Amercia this time.has been and being pla in India in these days also. Everyone knows how sold out and bias media is giving false reports against Govt. and highlights vipers of Govt. baitors,no good governess report will be there Amercia the duly elected President is facing hostile media as their candidate with whom they had dealings, Clinton, has been badly defeated and their frustration is against Trump.Really press is rightly called Pressitute.
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        Bala
        Jan 22, 2017 at 8:38 am
        DOES THIS NOT ECHO WHAT ONE OF OUR OWN MINISTERS IN MODI'S CABINET SAID MANY mONTHS AGO? THE PRESS EVERYWHERE IS THE SAME. THEY NEED TO GET EXPOSED AND TRUMP HAS DONE IT IN HIS OWN WAYS OF TELLING HARSH TRUTHS.
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          Kaliyug
          Jan 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm
          Kettle calling the pot black!!!!
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            Manikantan
            Jan 23, 2017 at 10:40 am
            press and Media's work is to report unbiased news only, not to give their own personal or collective view or even the views of their owners who might not like the ruling govt.they should understand the newspapers are read by educated man and he has his own mind!!! grow up media, be mature
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              Democrat
              Jan 22, 2017 at 8:16 am
              What Trump said is universally 100 % correct. Even worse in India.
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                Sachin
                Jan 22, 2017 at 6:11 am
                Dear Mr American President, I agree media is sometime corrupt. News are biased, people give bad reviews, fake stuff... But these very journalists are the defense line that tell us whats going on around the world. Well a war somewhere in any part of world and i came to know it just because of a journalist is reporting there putting his life at risk. Maybe i am wrong but these very journalists are the humans that tells you about the plight of your so called Americans that you are protecting with your new policies. The real truth is brought forward by your these most corrupt humans.. Before saying anything just make sure that life ain;t joke. Ask journalist who cover a war, what pain is to see a soldier who get bullet in his chest. Well ask a journalist what is the pain of a mother when somewhere in africa her child die due to malnutrition.
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                  Santano Fernandes
                  Jan 22, 2017 at 8:59 am
                  Journalist and reporters are really cheap, they truly dishonest and has much pride because they have the thing mind that PEN is mightier than the Sword and they report anything like hear say and put the word alleged. More and more reporters are become liars or they work on paid reporting. That is the our Minister V K Singh has given them the new pressutes, Russian strong man call them pros*t*tutes
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