Greta Van Susteren issued a strong rebuke to Donald Trump on her MSNBC show after Trump sent out a tweet Friday calling a number of major news outlets “the enemy of the American People.”
Trump aimed his remark at what he called “the fake news media,” identifying The New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS and CNN. You can see his tweet below.
Van Susteren said, “Mr. President, back off,” while she was wrapping her program, Deadline.com reports.
“Meanwhile, over at her former network, Fox News Channel, Trump was applauded and defended for the remark by Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly,” Deadline notes. “O’Reilly went with the argument the press is aligned ‘with a political movement’ and therefore is no longer objective or free. Hannity chose an even more incendiary argument, announcing the press has ‘declared war’ on Trump, while, via graphic, he took it further, proclaiming the ‘Propaganda Media’ had declared war on ‘America.’”
The report notes that Van Susteren suggested journalists must undertake “a vigorous self-examination of how we do our jobs, because getting it wrong or exaggerating just is not an option.”
Addressing Trump, Van Susteren reportedly said: “You have a powerful platform, but it is dead wrong to rev up your loyal base with incorrect, generalized and wide-sweeping inflammatory statements about the entire media.”