President Donald Trump continued to complain on Monday about the “fake media” and claimed that the New York Times’ coverage is driven by “evil” intent.
Trump insisted to Breitbart News reporter Matt Boyle that he is not “against” the media.”
“It’s not the media. It’s the fake media,” he said. “There’s a difference. The fake media is the opposition party. The fake media is the enemy of the American people.”
Trump singled out the New York Times for specific condemnation.
“If you read the New York Times, if you read the New York Times, it’s—the intent is so evil and so bad,” he said. “The stories are wrong in many cases, but it’s the overall intent.”
He said that he sees “hit after hit after hit” when he reads the New York Times on Sundays.
“I call them the failing New York Times and they write lies. They write lies,” he said. “Nobody would know that.”
But Trump had a few good words for one member of the media in particular.
“I know some great honorable reporters who do a great job,” he told Boyle. “There are some great reporters like you.”
The New York Times declined to comment to TPM, but communications senior vice president Eileen Murphy said that neither Trump nor any of the other people interviewed sought a correction of any kind for a story Trump apparently referenced in the interview. The New York Times published the report in question, regarding Trump’s behavior toward women, on May 14.
Trump’s praise of Breitbart is not necessarily coincidental. His chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, was the head of the conservative news outlet before joining Trump’s campaign.