Trump: A ‘big part’ of anger in society comes from ‘purposely false and inaccurate’ reporting

Trump: A ‘big part’ of anger in society comes from ‘purposely false and inaccurate’ reporting
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE said one day after explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN that "a big part" of the anger in society today is caused by "purposely false and inaccurate reporting" from mainstream media.

He said in an early morning tweet on Thursday that "fake news" has gotten "so bad and hateful that it is beyond description."

"Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote.

Trump's also said at a campaign rally late Wednesday that the news media should set a "civil" tone. 

CNN anchor John Berman responded to Trump after reading his tweet on "New Day."

"Let me tell you what the mainstream media has been doing this morning: We've been reporting on a bomb ... sent to either kill, threaten, or scare," he said.

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The network, a frequent target of Trump's rhetoric, reported early Thursday that another device was sent to the office of Robert De Niro, a frequent Trump critic, in New York.

The package sent to CNN on Wednesday included the name of CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Trump denies knowledge of Barr meeting in Italy, says it would be appropriate Krystal Ball defends praise of Yang: I am not 'a Russian plant' MORE, who is an MSNBC contributor.

Packages were intercepted before reaching the residences of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUK judge denies Assange bid to delay extradition hearing Trump's eye-opening scorecard on border security Why Americans should look at the Middle East through the eyes of its youth MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE.

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Zuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Calif.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderSupreme Court throws out challenge to Michigan electoral map Amash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials We can't allow presidents and public opinion to further diminish the work of the press MORE were also targeted, although Holder's was sent back to the listed return address, the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings DeLauro enters race to succeed Lowey as Appropriations chief Democrats walk tightrope in fight over Trump wall funds MORE (D-Fla.).

During an event to sign an anti-opioid bill into law on Wednesday, Trump condemned "political violence" and urged unity.

But Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (Calif.) called out Trump in a statement later Wednesday.

"Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," the wrote.

"President Trump's words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence."