Trump wrote Tuesday on Twitter, “Congratulations to Fox News for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS CNN – public is smart!”
Trump has referred to CNN as “fake news” before, and CNN’s own press release from Saturday, a day after the inauguration, admitted that the network had come in second behind Fox. But some journalists saw something nefarious in Trump’s whack at CNN.
“When the president thinks he has a right to help public pick and choose its media sources, it is a direct threat to democracy,” said David Rothkopf, the top editor for Foreign Policy magazine, on Twitter.
Also on Twitter, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman said the president is “not supposed to be telling Americans how to consume news.” He added that Trump’s “public endorsement of Fox News over cable news rivals is something I’ve never seen before.”