Nigeria and other third world countrues had looked up to the US on freedom of the press, believing that their presidents would not ever think of clamping down on the press. Nigerian journalists had always pointed to the US any time the press was harassed in Nigeria despite the peptic criticism that comes from the press in Nigeria.
Now, Donald Trump, the 45th president of the US, seems to come close to breaking yet another old tradition. He has again threatened sanctions on the liberal press, the ones he calls ‘Fake News’.
Donald Trump has suggested he could “take away credentials” of media organisations over negative stories about him.
“The Fake News is working overtime.” the US president wrote on Twitter. “Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake).
“Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?”
lionaire appeared to be responding to a segment on his favourite cable news show, Fox & Friends, which aired figures collated by Media Research Center (MRC), a right-wing media watchdog.
In the study, the authors said the “liberal media’s war” against Mr Trump was “as fierce as ever” during the first four months of 2018.
They claimed 90 per cent of evaluative comments about Mr Trump during evening news broadcasts by ABC, CBS and NBC were negative.
The president’s suggestion appeared to be a threat to remove access to the White House for news networks he considers overly critical.
His comments echoed ones made in October, when he threatened to shut down NBC over reports the 71-year-old had sought to increase America’s nuclear Arsenal tenfold.
“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement attacking “opposition media” for its coverage of Melania Trump’s use of an Obama-era pamphlet to launch her anti-bullying campaign.