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Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People'
President Trump took aim at the "Mainstream Media" in an early morning tweet on Tuesday following a summary of the special counsel's investigation that showed there was not enough evidence to conclude the president's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
The president resurrected his attacks on news outlets and journalists, calling them the "enemy of the people" and the "opposition party," while accusing reporters of knowing that the Russia investigation would not turn up anything against him.
"The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion," he tweeted. "They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!"
Conservatives and allies of the president celebrated the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia over the weekend, while taking aim at the news media for reporting that some argued should result in a "reckoning" for journalists.
CNN's Brian Stelter, however, urged critics to not blame individual journalists for mistakes made in covering the story.
"Don't be fooled by the partisans who cherry pick the worst mistakes of individual journalists or the craziest ideas from commentators and claim that's the entire media," Stelter said. "It's not."
The summary of the special counsel's findings was less clear on the issue of obstruction of justice, saying investigators could not "exonerate" the president.
Trump has often attacked the news media, labeling negative coverage "fake news."