The editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, told Katie Couric during the Aspen Ideas conference on Wednesday that he worries that President Donald Trump is turning the American public against liberal journalists to the point of violence.
He said that if violence against journalists were to occur, Trump would solely shoulder the blame.
After Couric asked Goldberg his thoughts on Trump continually blasting “fake news” outlets — i.e., CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, to name a few — Goldberg claimed that his biggest concern for the media at large is a physical, violent attack on liberal journalists.
Couric said, “When the president constantly tweets that different newspapers are examples of ‘fake news’ … and accuses reporters of being ‘fake news’ at White House briefings or when he appears before reporters there, what’s your reaction?”
Goldberg responded, “Part of my reaction is that we’re all engaged in a reality TV show, that this is a reality TV version of a war between a president and the press.”
He continued, “The problem is, and this is what I worry about more than anything else, is that there are people in the country who don’t understand that [Trump’s ‘war’ on the media] is a cynical reality TV game and are going to hear over and over again from the president that reporters, journalists are enemies of the state.”
He added, “And someone, I mean God forbid, someone is going to do something violent against journalists in a large way, and then I know where the fault lies. And we’re heading in this direction, and it’s quite frightening.”
See the segment in the video below.