US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the New York Times (NYT) for what he said was “very poor and highly inaccurate coverage” of the ‘Trump phenomena’, as he claimed that the daily was losing thousands of subscribers because of it. “Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the ‘Trump phenomena’,” Trump tweeted.
“The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologising for their bad coverage of me. I wonder if it will change — doubt it?” Trump said in another tweet. The 70-year-old billionaire from New York, who has stormed the American political establishment with his roller coaster ride after joining politics some 17 months ago, has been very critical of the mainstream media for what he alleges as inaccurate and biased coverage of him.
During the election campaign identifying the media covering him as “most dishonest media” had become part of his stump speech. Several times he had refused to provide credential to some of the top media outlets including The Washington Post. He had described CNN as the Clinton News Network.
Today Trump did not identify the story of The New York Times that upset him. The top American daily’s website was leading Sunday morning with a story titled ‘President-elect’s inner circle includes a clash of visions’. The two tweets from Trump came a day after he told the PBS News that he would restrain from making tweets after becoming the President. But he did say that social media was a very effective tool for him to fight the negative and biased media coverage.
Trump has some 28 million followers between Twitter and Facebook. “I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained. I find it tremendous. It’s a modern form of communication. There should be nothing we should be ashamed of. It’s — it’s where it’s at,” Trump said in the interview, excerpts of which was released on Saturday.
“I really believe that — the fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et cetera, I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” Trump said. “And I won. I think that social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that,” he said.
In all, he has 28 million followers between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. “It’s a great form of communication,” he said. In another tweet, Trump said Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 polls, called to congratulate him. “Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!” he said. Romney had opposed Trump during the presidential election.