By Craig Bannister | February 17, 2017 | 5:25pm EST

One day after repeatedly blasting “fake news” and the media’s “hatred” of him in a contentious news conference, Pres. Trump warned Americans that purveyors of fake like The New York Times, CNN and the top three networks are their enemy, not his, Tweeting:

"The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"

In Thursday’s 77-minute press conference, Trump blasted “fake news” 17 times, singling out CNN for particular scorn and rebuke.

Before getting into it with the press, Trump warned Americans that media are lying to them and treating them with contempt. To ignore media misdeeds by failing to speak out would be doing Americans a “tremendous disservice,” Trump said:

“I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present, which is an honor to have you this morning, because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect that they deserve.  And I hope going forward we can be a little bit different, and maybe get along a little bit better, if that's possible.  Maybe it's not, and that's okay too. 

“Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system.  The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people -- tremendous disservice.  We have to talk about it to find out what's going on, because the press honestly is out of control.  The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

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