White House waging war against ‘fourth estate’ under ‘fake news’ label, says Salman Rushdie
Launching a scathing attack on US President Donald Trump, renowned author Salman Rushdie has alleged that the White House is waging a war against the fourth estate under the label of “fake news”.
Rushdie slammed the Trump administration for targeting the media which he termed as an extremely important part of the democracy.
“The White House, from which all untrue flows, is now flipping it and accusing its opponents in the mainstream media of being liars. It’s very worrying because if we are going to live in a country in which truth is an aspect of your belief system, then that’s a very unstable society,” he said while speaking at the New York public library on Monday.
He also targeted President Trump for ridiculing media organisations as “fake news”.
Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out against certain sections of the media, often branding them as ‘fake news’.
In February, the White House had barred several media organizations from covering spokesman Sean Spicer's off-camera question-and-answer session. The list included CNN, The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.