The History of Donald Trump and Women Journalists

The History of Donald Trump and Women Journalists


Donald Trump's clash with media outlets and journalists is the constant introduction that people expect from his presidency.


He coined phrases like "Fake News" for his supporters, and the more positive encouragement he received from those phrases, the more he increased the attacks.

Press briefings have brought this behavior to the public, and the president often responds negatively when questioned by journalists and even turns to personal attacks.

In recent months, the daily Trump coronavirus press briefing has been brought to the center stage by the way the press behaved when Mr. Trump challenged his administration, particularly his treatment of female journalists and women of color.

At a press conference at the White House's Rose Garden, CBS News' Chinese-American journalist Weijia Jiang had a conversation where the president asked her to ask China, not her country, about Corovirus's response.

"Aye, why are you saying this? I need to ask China," he challenged the president. She called her question 'bad' before she went to another reporter.

CNN's Cattellon Collins is next to ask the president a question. But he instead tried to stop her from asking one and tried to cross the other. He pressed on her, he suddenly ended the press talk.

In other conversations between the president and Mrs. Jiang, the president said he would "lower his throat" and take it "better and easier" with questioning.

Professor Ava Thompson Greenwell, Ph.D., Ph.D. with Northwestern's Medical School of Journalism, believes that these interactions between presidents and reporters cannot be termed micro-aggression.

He said, "What he does is what we call a micro attack. It's not subtle at all. It's clear, it's on your face, it's rolled on the tongue, it's causing damage. And that's the definition of micro-aggression," she said.

Trump’s defense of communicating with the media is that he does so because they “phone” or ask “bad questions”. Being the leader of the United States, dealing with the news media, is the first amendment to the constitution that guarantees press freedom.

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Past presidents and those in power have experienced their own quarrels with tough questions from the press, but Mr. Trump takes his attacks one step further and attacks the reporter personally.

PBS's Yamike Alcindor, a black woman, was personally targeted during a coronavirus press briefing for "threatening" her interrogation line.

“So you work for the Times, now you work for someone else,” Mr. Trump avoided the question. "Good. Don't be intimidated."

"It doesn't have to be personal. It's always about the product but not about the person," Ms. Thompson Greenwell said. "Someone said they didn't know what they were doing. They really take a stab at the person. Going ... Why focus on the person? You focus on the product."

"I don't think any of these reporters should be targeted individually. It's not legal to focus on that reporter's personality and who they are as a person," she said.

Attacks on female journalists began when Mr. Trump was running for president for the first time. The skirmish with Maying Kelly, who worked for Fox News at the time, became one of his first viral episodes with a female journalist just months after his campaign.

Mrs. Kelly began the Republican Party presidential debate in August 2015, when the current president publicly insulted women by calling them "fat pigs", "slogans" and "dogs."

"There was blood coming from his eyes, where the blood was," he told CNN.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump said: "I have zero respect for Megan Kelly. I don't think she's very good at what she does. She's very much."

In her tweets against Mrs. Kelly, she "bombed" them during the debate.

International Women's Media Foundation Executive Director Alyssa Lees Munoz told The Independent that commenting on the appearance of a female journalist, mentioning structure, and other personality statements can be misinterpreted when they are attacked for doing their job.

"We know that he does not discriminate against gender for his criticism and his attacks, but we specifically recognize that he is attacking female journalists and is very sexual. This really reflects some of the misogyny people see online and on the streets every day," she said.

The purpose of these attacks for Mr. Trump?

"It's really designed to demean, to demean, to stop working, to try to shut them down."

'Be nice, don't be intimidated'

The President does not focus his attacks on women alone. Male White House correspondents and political journalists also suffer insults and attacks for their credibility when they challenge the president.

Attacks on female reporters have been steeper, however, and historically the White House press corps has mostly been filled with white men.

"He goes along with the journalists and he goes along with them. When he goes along with the black women, they are few and far between, and it becomes too much," said Mrs. Greenwell Thompson.

A number of examples appeared in November 2018 featuring the president's words with three different black journalists: CNN's Abby Philip, CNN's April Ryan, and Mrs. Alkinder.

During that time, the President chanted Mrs. Philip her "silly questions," and called Mrs. Ryan "losers," who "didn't know what she was doing" and asked Mrs. Alcinder to ask "racist questions." Has been charged.

"I have three black women and it feels like a tongue lashing to them every week," says Thompson Greenwell.

After Mr. Trump called Ms. Phillip's question "stupid," she appeared on CNN to discuss treatment, and what she's seen in presidential conversations with female journalists since the presidency began.

"It's part of a model and it's really a clear pattern that has been going on for many years," Ms. Phillip said. "He does not seem to be tolerant of taking tough questions, especially from women ... The president makes hairstyles for reporters based on their race. It's a model."

Critics, including the speaker, have argued that journalists have behaved toward Trump because they sometimes sidestep his question or the administration disagrees with a story. The White House did not comment on Trump's dealings with female journalists when contacted by The Independent.

"If President Trump talks more about policy, initiatives, and operations, and he answers questions in a professional manner, then the press will respect him more," said Ms. Muజ్oz.

He said the president "must add some intellectual mindset and maintain a professional exchange" when it comes to disagreeing with the press against personal attacks.

There has been growing concern that rhetoric against journalists, particularly women journalists or those who represent minority groups, is pushing people to join or join a career field.

The International Women's Media Foundation released a report in 2018 surveying 597 female journalists and media workers. The report found that nearly two-thirds of respondents reported online abuse, harassment, or bullying behavior. Of those, 40 percent said they should avoid reporting certain stories for fear of abuse.

One-third of the women surveyed said they wanted to quit because of harassment and online abuse cases.

As a journalism professor, Ms. Thompson said Greenwell was concerned about independent journals and prevented potential journalists from entering the field.

"My real concern for students is that, regardless of their color or gender, they probably don't want to get into this business. They don't particularly want to cover politics and expect White House correspondents," they said. "This is a very elite group of audience capable journalists. My concern is that students who see this over and over again say, 'I don't want any part of it.'

What the president failed to realize was that the free press was not created as a third hand for the presidency. Their job is not to promote their successes and to ignore reports of failures.

He has no control over the press, just like presidents before him, as they work to report American citizens on administration-related information.

"Journalism is really the watchdog for our society," Ms. Munoz said, "if you take the press away from the freedom of the press and take action that disrupts the way the press works." .. then we don't. The answer is that we need a completely free democracy. "

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