New York Times CEO Mark Thompson ripped into President Trump for his frequent attacks on the news media, calling them “hostile, stupid but also dangerous.”
“The president is entirely entitled to not like everything he reads in The New York Times, I get that,” said at CNBC’s Evolve forum in New York.
Thompson, who has served as the president and CEO of The New York Times Company since 2012, noted that the president “has every right” to say he doesn’t like the way the Times covers him or his administration.
“But actually isolating journalists, as a group, not just the Times, but the whole industry, is a really, frankly, hostile, stupid but also dangerous thing to do,” Thompson added.
Trump accused the Times of committing a “virtual act of treason” last week after the newspaper accurately reported about the U.S. increasing its cyber attacks on Russia’s electric power grid.
“Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” Trump tweeted. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”
On Monday, Trump called for the Times to release its sources for the report, tweeting that it “must be held fully accountable.”
The Times stood by its story following Trump’s attacks, stating that “accusing the press of treason is dangerous.”
Accusing the press of treason is dangerous.
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— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 16, 2019