Piers Morgan: 'You Have a War Between the Media and the White House...Pretty Dangerous All Around'

By Susan Jones | February 7, 2017 | 5:29am EST
President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, before signing an executive order. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Piers Morgan, formerly employed by CNN and now editor-at-large for The Daily Mail, says President Donald Trump has good reason to distrust liberal media outlets such as CNN and the New York Times, which are "utterly determined to bring the Trump presidency crashing down."

Morgan told Fox News's Tucker Carlson Monday night that Trump "has felt for quite some time, I think, a lot of people in the mainstream media...are absolutely determined to bring him down. And I think that he's got a point. I think some of them absolutely are.

"And they were in the tank for Hillary Clinton. Their candidate didn't win, and now they are utterly determined to bring the Trump presidency crashing down. So you have a war between the media and the White House, the like of which I've certainly never seen before. And it's pretty dangerous all around."

Both Donald Trump and his spokesman Sean Spicer blasted The New York Times on Monday for publishing a story, which -- according to Spicer -- "was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology for the way that that thing was -- there were just literally blatant factual errors. And it's unacceptable to see that kind of reporting, or so-called reporting. That is literally the epitome of fake news," Spicer told reporters.

The Feb. 5 New York Times report, titled, "Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles," read in part:

Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room. Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit. In a darkened, mostly empty West Wing, Mr. Trump’s provocative chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, finishes another 16-hour day planning new lines of attack.

Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home.

The report also mentions the "bungled rollout" of Trump's executive order on immigration and "a flurry of other miscues and embarrassments." It mentions that Trump's approval rating is lower than any other first-term president at this stage, and it says Trump and his staff are "rethinking an improvisational approach to governing that mirrors his chaotic presidential campaign."

The newspaper said it based its story on interviews with "dozens of government officials, congressional aides, former staff members and other observers of the new administration, many of whom requested anonymity."

Not true, Trump tweeted on Monday: "The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources! All lies."

Several hours later, Trump tweeted again: "The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!"

Trump's spokesman told reporters on Monday, "I don't think the President owns a bathrobe, or definitely doesn't wear one."

Sean Spicer said the New York Times report, "from top to bottom, it made up stories that just don't exist. And I think that's unfortunate for people that look to news institutions like that for their news because it is just not an accurate portrayal of what's really happening."

In his interview with Tucker Carlson Monday night, Piers Morgan noted that the media lavished attention on Trump during the presidential campaign, then tried to undermine him when he gained traction.

"I noticed in the last few months of that campaign, it got more and more virulent, you know, papers like The New York Times, frankly, I thought were a complete disgrace. They weren't even pretending to be anything but in the tank for Hillary Clinton, and I found that, as a journalist, pretty obscene to watch, actually.

"So for The New York Times and others now to be saying, oh poor us, you know, we're the innocent parties here, Donald Trump is annihilating the media and breaking down the First Amendment and so on, is pretty rich, I think, given the way that they themselves conducted themselves as the supposed paper of record.

"So I think that there is fault on both sides here; I think that it is dangerous and toxic; and I think that the media have got to start showing President Trump a bit more respect, and he in turn and his White House operation have got to show the media a bit more respect, and they've all got to move on."

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