Donald Trump and the media have had a strange, tumultuous relationship over the course of his campaign, and it seems like it’s going to continue. One of his first personal tweets following his election was the following:
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
He’s continued on a tear against the media today, and his focus has turned primarily to the New York Times:
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016
Well, fact check: they aren’t. The New York times has actually reported to Politico that their subscription numbers for both digital and print are way up since the election. This is as it should be, as a free and independent press are crucial in the face of a man who has a questionable relationship with the truth and tends to bend the “facts” to suit whatever his particular position is at any given time.
I highly recommend purchasing a subscription to the New York Times and/or The Washington Post, another paper that has been the target of Trump ire throughout his campaign, if you have the ability to. These subscriptions would also make a great gift for a family member who enjoys these publications, or perhaps to one who could use a little more fact-based reporting in their life.