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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by [[President of the United States of America|U.S. President]] [[Donald Trump]] and [[Trump Administration|his administration]] related to their dealings with the media, particularly the [[mainstream media]], and [[Politically correct|political correctness]].
This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by [[President of the United States of America|U.S. President]] [[Donald Trump]] and [[Trump Administration|his administration]] related to their dealings with the media, particularly the [[mainstream media]], and [[Politically correct|political correctness]].
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Official presidential photo of President Donald Trump
Main article: Donald Trump achievements

This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration related to their dealings with the media, particularly the mainstream media, and political correctness.

Trump's victories over the liberal media establishment

See also: Mainstream media and Donald Trump, Fake news, and Liberal media

President Trump was strongly opposed by the mainstream media, and he and his allies strongly attacked them in return.[1] According to an October 2017 report, he attacked the media more than anything else on Twitter.[2] His attacks against the media reportedly resembled that of pro wrestling.[3] Trump was reported as winning the battle against the liberal media.[4][5] He was helped by the fact that multiple fake news reporting errors were discovered in the media.[6]

  • At an hour-long press conference on February 16, 2017, Trump repeatedly criticized the press as biased and "so dishonest ... out of control."[7]
  • On February 17, 2017, Trump tweeted: "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"[8]
  • On February 24, 2017, President Trump excluded several liberal media organizations from attending a press briefing.[9][10]
  • Rather than spend his 100th day in office attending the White House Correspondents Dinner with its left-wing anti-Trump journalists and media figures, Trump went to Pennsylvania to hold a Trump Rally for his supporters.[11][12] Trump became the first president since Reagan in 1981 to skip the dinner.[13] That same day, a Morning Consult survey found that more American adults – 37% to 29% – trusted the White House over the media to tell the truth.[14]
  • On May 17, 2017, under heavy fire from liberals and the mainstream media for controversies regarding James Comey and Russia, Trump, in a commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, criticized the media and made clear that he would stand his ground and not give up. He stated that "I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media—I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women and that’s exactly what I’m doing."[15][16]
  • Rather than holding a press conference after his first foreign trip, President Trump gave a speech to U.S. soldiers.[17]
  • June 9, 2017—When President Trump held a press conference with the Romanian prime minister, CNN and The New York Times were assigned seats in the back of the Rose Garden.[18]
  • Although President Trump strongly criticized the mainstream media in general,[19] he targeted CNN in particular, calling it fake news.[20] After it was revealed that CNN did report and promote a story about Trump in late-June 2017 that was revealed to be fake news promoted for ratings purposes, President Trump strongly criticized the network for its poor reporting.[21][22] On July 2, 2017, President Trump tweeted a video of him wrestling down CNN.[23]
  • July 1, 2017—At a Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington D.C., his first Independence Day address as U.S. President,[24] Trump stated that "the fake media is trying to silence us but we will not let them....The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not," and that "their agenda is not your agenda."[25]
  • August 22, 2017—At a campaign rally in Arizona, President Trump harshly criticized the mainstream media and exposed their liberal bias and deception in their reporting of his public statements after the Charlottesville attacks – where the mainstream media indicated that the President was, at least, sympathetic towards white supremacists – by actually re-reading his original statements again.[26]
  • According to an October 2017 Morning Consult/Politico poll, 46% of Americans believed that the media fabricates stories against the Trump Administration, while only 37% did not believe this.[27]

Trump's establishment of a massive direct line to the public via social media

Via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, Trump established a massive direct link to the American public unfiltered by the mainstream media. His social media audience was about 45 million people at the time of his inauguration in January 2017,[28] and by October 2017 he became the most followed world leader on Twitter with nearly 40 million followers.[29] Trump has used his social media platform for, among other things, criticizing political correctness and gun control,[30] as well as to advance his agenda.[31]

President Trump himself noted that he could "get the honest and unfiltered message out" through Twitter, and he wrote on the social media site that "if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH."[32] Although opposed by the Washington establishment, President Trump's use of Twitter was supported by his base.[33] Trump stated he would not end his use of social media regardless of what the mainstream media thought.[34] President Trump made many important statements through his Twitter account.[35] The mainstream media opposed Trump's tweets, and its stories that cited his tweets were found to more negative and biased against the president, according to the Pew Research Center in October 2017.[36]

In August 2017, the Trump Campaign launched a "Real News" program to counter mainstream media bias.[37]

Trump's association with conservative media

Rather than associate with the leftist mainstream media, Trump has associated himself with the conservative media, particularly Fox News[38] – by the end of 2017, President Trump appeared on Fox News more than other outlets while generally avoiding the liberal mainstream media.[39] In April 2017, President Trump hosted a media briefing exclusively for conservative media outlets.[40] He met with libertarian-conservative commentator and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in December 2015,[41][42] becoming the first president to have ever met with Jones according to Jones's website.[43]

Much to the consternation of liberals and the mainstream media,[44] the Trump Administration was much more friendly towards and, during press briefings, called more often upon conservative[45] and smaller[46] media outlets compared to previous administrations. For example, the first three journalists Press Secretary Sean Spicer ever called upon during his tenure as secretary were "conservative-leaning" (the Associated Press traditionally received the first question).[47] This did not stop the conservative media from asking tough questions to the Trump Administration and holding it accountable.[48] It was reported on June 30, 2017, that three conservative-leaning news outlets, Newsmax, One America News Network, and the Daily Mail, had been given permanent seats in the White House briefing room.[49]

On July 22, 2017, the newly appointed White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci gave his first interview during his short tenure with Breitbart News.[50]

Trump's victories over political correctness

  • Trump has strongly and successfully challenged political correctness, particularly during his 2016 presidential campaign. He insisted on using the term "anchor baby" despite a reporter saying the term was offensive.[51] He also frequently used the terms "Islamic terrorism" and "Merry Christmas."
  • January 20, 2017—Trump became the first president to say "radical Islamic terrorism" in his inaugural address.[52]
  • In June 2017, after an Islamic terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, President Trump used his social media platform to call for the end of political correctness.[53]
  • One notable phrase used in Trump's speeches was that "in America, we don't worship government. We worship God."[54]
  • In August 2017, after violent and deadly clashes between white supremacists and Antifa activists in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump not only strongly criticized the hatred and violence, but, challenging the politically correct attitude of the establishment and the Left, criticized the "many sides" that were responsible for the hatred and violence rather than just the white supremacists.[55] Trump urged all Americans to view themselves as Americans first, saying that "above all, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first."[55] President Trump stood unmoved even after intense media criticism, and in a press conference held a few days later, he again stated that the alt-left was just as responsible for the violence as the alt-right, criticized the media for its one-sidedness and double standards in reporting on the violence, and criticized the Left's opposition to Confederate monuments.[56] As expected, President Trump shocked the mainstream media by his comments,[57] and they helped widen the gap, or at least highlight the gap, between Trump and the establishment GOP.[58] In addition to challenging political correctness, the Charlottesville incident helped "drain the swamp", as numerous executive branch advisors and officials resigned their positions due to President Trump's comments.[59] When President Trump signed a Senate Resolution condemning white supremacism and neo-Nazis, he again condemned "hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms" and said through a White House statement that "no matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God."[60]
  • President Trump voiced support for letting Confederate monuments stay, as opposed to taking them down as supported by the Left.[61] He also opposed taking down other statues opposed by leftists, such as those of Christopher Columbus.[62]
  • President Trump and his administration have not been afraid to criticize the left-wing Obama Administration for its failures. This could be seen regarding Syria and Obama's failed and broken "red line" promise concerning the Syrian Civil War,[63] as well as Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly criticizing the Obama Administration's failure regarding illegal immigration and national security.[64][65]
  • President Trump took a strong stance in advocating that NFL players be required to stand for the U.S. national anthem, and in criticising the fact that many of them chose to kneel for the anthem.[66]


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  3. Pearson, Jake (July 3, 2017). Smackdown! Trump seen ripping tactics straight from pro wrestling hype. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  4. Harper, Jennifer (July 2, 2017). Trump wins the media war, battle by battle. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  5. Antle III, W. James (July 6, 2017). Media make a mistake by wrestling with Trump. Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  6. Easley, Jonathan (July 4, 2017). Media errors give Trump fresh ammunition. The Hill. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
    The conservative media, particularly Breitbart News, played a key role in uncovering the false reporting:
  7. "An amazing moment in history: Donald Trump's press conference". Retrieved on February 16, 2017. 
  8. Greenwood, Mark (February 17, 2017). Trump tweets: The media is the 'enemy of the American people'. The Hill. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  9. Fabian, Jordan (February 24, 2017). White House hand-picks select media outlets for briefing. The Hill. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  10. Pollak, Joel B. (February 24, 2017). Media Outrage over White House ‘Exclusion’ is Fake News. Breitbart. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  11. Persons, Sally (April 29, 2017). Trump marks his 100th day in office, lists successes, takes dig at ‘boring’ WHCD. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  12. Miles, Frank (April 29, 2017). Trump Pennsylvania Rally: President marks first promises made and kept in office. Fox News. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  13. Althoff, Eric (April 30, 2017). White House Correspondents Dinner goes on without President Trump. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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  15. Spiering, Charlie (May 17, 2017). Donald Trump: ‘I Didn’t Get Elected to Serve the Washington Media’. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  16. Singman, Brooke (May 17, 2017). Trump takes on media during Coast Guard commencement speech. Fox News. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  17. Spiering, Charlie (May 27, 2017). Donald Trump Shuns Press Conference, Celebrates Successful Foreign Trip with American Troops. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  18. Lee, Tony (June 9, 2017). CNN, NYT Reporters Whine After Trump WH Relegates Them to ‘Siberia’ Section. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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  22. Shaw, Adam (June 30, 2017). Trump Tears into CNN at Fundraiser, Mulls Lawsuit: ‘These Are Horrible Human Beings’. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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  24. Manchester, Julia (July 1, 2017). Trump hits media, honors veterans in first Fourth of July speech as president. The Hill. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  25. Spiering, Charlie (July 2, 2017). Donald Trump Rips Media: ’Their Agenda Is Not Your Agenda’. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
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  28. Steeve, Dustin (January 17, 2017). Donald Trump’s Social Media Use Is Key To Sidelining The Press. The Federalist. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
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  30. Feldscher, Kyle (June 4, 2017). Trump slams 'political correctness' and gun control activists after London attacks. The Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  31. Pollak, Joel B. (June 30, 2017). How Trump’s Tweets Actually Help His Agenda. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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  35. Seldin, Jeff (August 11, 2017). Trump’s Tweets, Use of Rhetoric, Keep World on Edge. Voice of America. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
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  37. Multiple references: Despite mainstream media and liberal hysteria over this program, President Obama made similar videos in order to get around the media:
  38. Stelter, Brian (March 19, 2017). Donald Trump: A Fox News president. nbc-2.com. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  39. Differing figures for the number of interviews on Fox News, but still at least a plurality either way:
  40. Spiering, Charlie (April 24, 2017). Donald Trump Invites Conservative Media to White House for Exclusive Briefing. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  41. Blake, Andrew (May 2, 2017). White House credentials ‘pending’ for Infowars website, founder Alex Jones says. The Washington Times. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  42. Alex Jones & Donald Trump Bombshell Full Interview. The Alex Jones Channel -- YouTube. December 2, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  43. Jones, Alex (November 12, 2016). DONALD TRUMP KEPT HIS PROMISE TO THE ALEX JONES SHOW. Infowars.com. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
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  46. Wegmann, Philip (February 13, 2017). Sean Spicer has battled the mainstream media by calling on smaller outlets. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  47. Weast, Madeleine (January 23, 2017). Spicer Gives First Three Questions as White House Press Sec. to Conservative-Leaning Journalists. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  48. Multiple references: In general, conservative outlets such as Breitbart did not hesitate to point out whenever President Trump broke a campaign promise:
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  51. Donald Trump: I'll keep saying "anchor baby" even if it's not PC.
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  55. 55.0 55.1 Multiple references: Transcript of President Trump's remarks: President Trump reportedly chose the words criticizing the "many sides": A few days later, President Trump mentioned the white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazis by name:
  56. Multiple references: Transcript of President Trump's remarks: The White House echoed President Trump's remarks: A faulty transcript published by Politico caused mistaken outrage from those on the Left:
  57. Nussbaum, Daniel (August 15, 2017). Establishment Media ‘Shaken’ by Trump Press Conference Comments on Charlottesville. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  58. Herman, Steve (August 17, 2017). Widening Rift Between Trump, His Party Seen as Unprecedented. Voice of America. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  59. Carney, John (August 24, 2017). How Charlottesville Helped Drain the Swamp. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  60. Multiple references: Some conservatives, however, criticized the Senate Resolution itself: See also:
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  64. Munro, Neil (April 18, 2017). DHS Kelly Slams Obama’s Policies, Proclaims ‘Sacred Duty’ To Protect America. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  65. Mora, Edwin (April 21, 2017). DHS Chief: Obama Did ‘Nothing’ to ‘Truly’ Secure Border. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  66. Multiple references: See also: