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Atlantic Editor: Trump Rhetoric Could Spur Violence Against Media

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President Donald Trump's strong anti-media tirades could spur violent attacks against journalists, Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said Wednesday.

"The problem is, and this is what I worry about more than anything else, is that there are people in the country who don't understand that this is a cynical reality TV game and are going to hear over and over again from the president that reporters, journalists are enemies of the state," Goldberg told Katie Couric at a panel hosted by the Aspen Institute in Colorado.

"And someone – I mean, God forbid – someone is going to do something violent against journalists in a large way.

"Then, I know where the fault lies," he said. "And we're heading in this direction, and it's quite frightening."

Trump has repeatedly slammed the media since during the campaign and since his inauguration in January.

Just this week, he attacked CNN over a false story the cable network retracted about Russia – and he ripped The Washington Post on Twitter on Wednesday after it reported false Time magazine covers featuring Trump were being displayed at his properties.

Goldberg told the Aspen panel the Post and The New York Times see subscription increases whenever the president bashes them – "We're all benefitting from this" – likening his attacks to a reality-television program.

"We're all engaged in a reality-TV show," he told Couric. "This is a reality-TV version of a war between the president and the press."

In addition, CNN senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward said Wednesday that Trump's hostile rhetoric had "emboldened" people in war zones overseas.

"At what point does this become dangerous?" Ward asked CNN's Chris Cillizza, The Independent Journal Review reports. "And I am not just talking about dangerous in the terms of tearing at the social fabric.

"I am talking about dangerous as in a journalist gets hurt because I can tell you working overseas, in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration.

"Emboldened by the all-out sort of declaration of 'War on the Media,'" she said. "At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible?"

Cillizza told Ward that "I don't want to say we are past that point, but I will say this, Clarissa: I think it is already dangerous what the Trump administration is doing."

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President Donald Trump's strong anti-media tirades could spur violent attacks against journalists, Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said Wednesday.
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