Hating the Press a Venerable Presidential Tradition

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Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
Donald Trump declared in a tweet on February 17 that the mainstream press is the enemy of the American People. This inflammatory remark was greeted by outrage mixed with anxiety. Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press spoke for many journalists when he responded, This is not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is un-American.Of course, it was just a tweet, thus far unaccompanied by any state-sponsored efforts to suppress the liberties of the media. Without excusing the president’s choice of words, it is important to understand the larger historical and political context. As…