Trump administration reminiscent of Nixon

Bailey Vandiver

Some things may have changed when President Donald Trump was sworn in, but his feelings toward and treatment of the press certainly did not.

Since the inauguration, Trump has criticized the media just as he did during the election. Replies to his “FAKE NEWS” tweets range from criticisms to assurances that some people get their news exclusively from the president’s tweets.

The Trump administration’s treatment of the press is reminiscent of the Nixon administration, and reading “All the President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward is somewhat like looking at America in a mirror. This is not to suggest that anything like Watergate already has happened or ever will happen within the Trump administration, but the way that Trump and Nixon speak about the press is eerily similar

More than 40 years ago, Nixon’s press secretary Ron Ziegler criticized The Washington Post by calling it “a newspaper once referred to as a great newspaper.”

Does this remind anyone of the multiple tweets in which Trump referred to the New York Times as “failing”?

Bernstein and Woodward wrote in their book, “The White House had decided that the conduct of the press, not the conduct of the President’s men, was the issue.”

Compare this to one of Trump’s tweets on Feb. 14: “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?”

While Nixon privately called the press the enemy (revealed in one of his taped Oval Office conversations), Trump took to Twitter to share the same sentiment. On Feb. 17, he tweeted, “The FAKE NEWS media… is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!”

Disdain for the press is something that has been a part of every presidency. If Twitter had been around in the 1970s, Nixon probably would have even tweeted “FAKE NEWS,” too.

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