Chris Cuomo: Trump has intentionally hurt the free press

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE has intentionally hurt the free press and that the abuse of truth in politics is "at a whole new level" during an interview with Paper Magazine. 

The magazine rounded up more than 40 on-air journalists to discuss what its like covering politics in the age of “fake news,” and many of them did not hold back.

Journalists from multiple outlets were interviewed for the piece, including ones from Fox News, CNN, ABC and CBS to talk "about truth in the Trump era, reporting to a divided nation and how they feel about our country's future."

“President Trump has hurt the free press in this country. He's done it on purpose and he's done it with bad intentions,” Cuomo told Paper Magazine. “And he's been effective.”


But Cuomo said the attacks from Trump have had a positive effect as well, galvanizing journalists to do even more reporting.

“His efforts have also turbocharged the commitment of many in the media to prove their worth and that means more emboldened scrutiny of those in power,” the host of Cuomo Prime Time said.

Trump has called the press the “enemy of the people” frequently, primarily on Twitter bashing CNN and others new outlets he deems unfriendly to him.

CNN political correspondent Dana Bash said the attacks on the media and cries of “fake news” could have a lasting negative impact on not only the industry, but on the individuals who perform the work.

"The attacks on the media work. And it breaks my heart. Are reporters humans who get things wrong? Of course. But we wake up every morning trying to get things right. By demonizing reporters and calling our work 'Fake News,' it is chipping away at a critical pillar of American democracy,” Bash said.

Don Lemon, another prominent CNN anchor, said Trump’s attacks have forced him to cover the administration with more detail and scrutiny.

"I must do way more fact checking of guests and subjects since Trump entered the political arena,” the host of CNN Tonight said.