US President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on the US media, saying he has “forcefully condemned hatred and bigotry” but this goes unreported.
Addressing supporters in Estero, in Florida, the US President said that the media “doesn’t want you to hear your story”.
“We have forcefully condemned hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice in all of its ugly forms,” he said. “But the media doesn’t want you to hear your story, it’s not my story, it’s your story.
In his speech, which comes ahead of next week’s mid-term elections, he said a third of Americans believed that the media was “the enemy of the people”. He did not provide evidence for this.
“And that’s why thirty-three percent of the people in this country believe the fake news is in fact, and I hate to say this, in fact the enemy of the people.” – Trump said.
Earlier this week Mr Trump offered condolences at a synagogue in Pennsylvania where 11 Jewish worshippers were shot dead at the weekend. Critics accused him of fomenting violence by using extreme and divisive rhetoric against opponents, the media, immigrants and Muslims.