World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on May 3rd, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness and the importance of giving freedom to the press to report any incidents without bias. On Sunday, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden put out messages which were contradicting each other’s opinion about the role played by the media. President Trump started the day by attacking the media and calling it Fake news. He tweeted - “The Fake News doesn’t show real polls. Lamestream Media is totally CORRUPT, the Enemy of the People!.” Trump was referring to the claim that he won 96% approval ratings in the Republican Party.
On the other hand, The Gallup poll reported a 94% approval ratings among Republican voters and 49% overall approval voting contrary to Trump’s claims of 96%. Next, he went on to target NBC News and CNN media outlets for praising China for the great things they did in containing the coronavirus. On multiple occasions, Trump targeted China for the origin of coronavirus and named it the Chinese virus. In a Fox News virtual town hall at the Lincoln Memorial, Trump declared that he had been attacked the worst of all the Presidents by the press even worse than former President Abraham Lincoln. “More than 94 to 95% of the press is hostile. I have tremendous support from the people of America, but the media might be helping the Democratic Party. Why? I don’t know,” Trump said in his town hall. He further added that I get asked “disgraceful, horrible and biased” questions every time in my press briefings. “If you want me to be kind to them, then I believe I should walk off the stage.”
Quite contrary to Trump’s views, former Vice President Joe Biden released a statement lauding journalists and media personnel for upholding free and open democracies both in the United States as well as across the world. He also targeted Trump for his remarks on the journalists, calling them the enemy of the people. “He constantly bullied the press in his press briefings even at a time of crisis like coronavirus. While most of the former Presidents have been unhappy with the media coverage they get, only Donald Trump attacked the freedom of journalists and started an all-out assault on the media,” Biden said in his statement. Biden concluded, “after I assume the charge as a President, I’ll restore a healthy relationship with the independent press that is grounded presently. I’ll do the same even if they criticize the policies or positions of my administration.”
Trump deflects legitimate questions with attacks. He bullies members of the press, instead of taking responsibility for his failures. His efforts to undermine public confidence in the integrity of reporting violate our core values and threaten our very system of government.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 3, 2020
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