Christiane Amanpour: Trump is empowering dictators to 'beat up against the press'
CNN's Christiane Amanpour is warning that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE's rhetoric against the news media is encouraging dictators to "beat up against" members of the press.
“I mean, look, we have, for instance, in London, this weekend, the president of Turkey, a U.S. ally. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is coming here. This is one of the key abusers of the press in his own country. I mean, taking them to court, you know, putting them in prison. I mean, just the worst,” Amanpour told CNN's Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" on Sunday“So when the president of the United States of America, you know, says these kinds of things, other leaders are empowered, whether they’re quasi-democratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, they’re all empowered to beat up against the press. And that’s really dangerous around the world," she continued.
Amanpour's remarks come as Trump's relationship with various news organizations continues to sour.
The president last week floated taking away news networks' press credentials over "negative" coverage.
The Fake News is working overtime. 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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
Trump has a long history of lambasting members of the news media, referring to journalists as "fake news" and "dishonest media."
Amanpour said on Sunday that news organizations should have banded together when Trump took away some news outlets' press credentials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"I think it should be one for all and all for one. If one of our members is targeted, we should all rise up," Amanpour said. "That's what gives us strength."