President Trump said Tuesday that one of the things that surprised him the most after he took office was the “dishonesty in the media,” calling CNN “a joke” and NBC “a total joke.”
Trump spoke with WMAL radio host Chris Plante at the White House as part of the administration’s effort to push for tax reform.
“Actually, dishonesty in the media is one of the things that surprised me the most. I thought after I won, the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke. You watch what they report, it bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest and frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
Trump also mentioned that the media has an agenda.
“The New York Times, The Washington Post, they write whatever they want to write. You know they have an agenda, we’ll have to figure out what their agenda is, but they do have an agenda.”
The media is probably equally surprised that Trump has chosen to fight back rather than allowing them to filter the news as they have been doing for decades.