While it is unclear what sparked Donald Trump's latest anger-filled tweetstorm, it is likely that the president read something in either the NYT or the WaPo which he violently disagreed with, and as a result on Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter to attack two of the nation’s most prominent liberal newspapers, the New York Times and Washington Post, calling them "Fake News" and "Dishonest." Furthermore, considering the abnormally high ratio of (so far uncorrected) spelling mistakes to words, Trump must have been particularly agitated.
“The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted just after 8 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.
“Thr coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost gas been so false and angry that the times actually apologized to its … dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST,”
The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2017
...dwindling subscribers and readers.They got me wrong right from the beginning and still have not changed course, and never will. DISHONEST— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2017
Trump has frequently attacked the media as "dishonest", and in recent weeks has singled out both the Times and Post before, as well as CNN, NBC News, Fox News, BuzzFeed and others. Last week, Trump advisor Steve Bannon told the NYT that "the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile," He added, demanding that the NYT quote him, "the media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."
"The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong," Bannon said of the election, calling it "a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there."
Today's tweets confirm that Trump not only agrees with Bannon's assessment, but that the vendetta between the White House and the "elite media" isn't going away any time soon.
Both the NYT and the WaPo have closely covered Trump’s Friday signing of an executive order suspending refugee entry into the U.S. and barring immigration from seven Muslim nations, and the critical tone may have prompted Trump's latest angry outburst.