MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell stopped by The Daily Show and weighed in on President Donald Trump‘s treatment of the media.
After congratulating her for her 40 years in journalism, Trevor Noah began by asking her if covering the Trump presidency “that different” from everything America has experienced before.
“Absolutely. Very different.” Mitchell firmly answered. “I mean, the first president in modern history who has no government or military experience. So there’s that.”
When pressed on the “adversarial relationship” Trump has with the press, Mitchell said he’s “more accessible” where he will “answer questions on the fly,” but has fewer press conferences and press briefings at the White House, insisting that “things have been turned upside down.”
“The reality is completely different… Facts don’t seem to matter anymore, which is a problem,” Mitchell told Noah. “Plus no one else can really speak for him. The fact that he’s on social media, that he is so active on Twitter and those are official archival records, presidential records, he is making news through social media in a way that no prior president ever did.”
While she refuted Noah’s assertion that Trump’s hostility towards the press was connected to the motivated Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, she believed Trump “deliberately” presented the media as the “enemy of the people.”
“This is something that we first heard from Joseph Stalin. This is very dangerous. It undercuts democracy,” Mitchell continued. “And for years and years, I’ve covered the State Department where we’ve tried to teach and help, advocate with new democracies how to train journalists and how we do journalism. Secretaries of State travel all over the world and deliberately, until more recently, deliberately go to Beijing, go to Turkey, go to Moscow, have press conferences, even if the host country will not, to show dictators that this is what the First Amendment means. It’s very, very important. It is our value system, and I do think that, by talking about fake news- fake news is what Russia did to our election, the propaganda that we see from Russia invading our social media — invading our social media, to say nothing to have the hacking. That’s fake news. Propaganda is fake news, not what my colleagues at the White House and covering other beats in Washington do every day, sometimes around the world at great peril to their lives.”
Watch the clip above, via Comedy Central.