“It’s time for us to start taking our journalism seriously,” said John Dickerson, the former White House chief of staff.
“The press is being destroyed.
The press has no credibility.”
The pushback against the media comes as the Trump administration is preparing to launch a wide-ranging overhaul of the media.
A number of the nation’s major news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, are expected to join the administration’s efforts to rewrite the rules of journalism.
The president’s first major legislative agenda, expected to be unveiled this month, will include new rules for journalists and their relationships with the government, the repeal of a 2015 law that required them to reveal classified information, and an end to a rule limiting how much reporters can cover government agencies.
The White House has been pushing for changes for years to journalism and government, and the pushback by news organizations is being seen as a response to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
The media has long been under attack from the Trump White House.
A Trump spokesman said in a statement that the administration “has always taken a fair and balanced approach” to the media and is committed to a “fair and balanced process” to ensure the press gets its due.
But, he added, “The administration has been very clear that they will not be bullied.”
The White House, for its part, has been criticized for pushing to weaken the rules for the media, which include limits on how much a journalist can cover and limits on what they can write about government and law enforcement.
In February, President Trump tweeted that “the press should be treated with great respect.
When they write about me, they are treated with respect.”
Trump also criticized The New Yorker magazine for not being “a perfect person” and “not very good at what they do.”
The magazine has since published an article in the New Yorker titled, “Trump’s attacks on the media are like firing a cannon.”
The article cited an anonymous White House official who said the administration believes “journalists who take the White House line on issues such as health care, immigration, taxes and the environment are not going to be taken seriously.”
The official added, however, that the Trump Administration will not force The New Republic, the website of the magazine, to retract an article written by two former editors.
“This is the exact opposite of what we were trying to do,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing administration matter.
“We wanted to put this out as we’re doing it, but it’s just not going on.”
The White Senate office of press secretary Daniel Morag said in response to the Washington Post article that the White Senate “will not seek to change the law that created the rule” that requires news organizations to disclose classified information.
“We believe that the First Amendment requires the government to publish classified information in an open, unbiased and free press,” the office said in an email.
“To that end, the White, Senate and Congressional staffs will not seek any legislative changes to this important rule.”
The National Security Council issued a statement on Monday calling on reporters to “stop lying about the President and the country and continue reporting truthfully.”
“Journalists who are willing to be truthful about the president’s conduct are needed at every level of the government and at every opportunity,” the statement read.
“Our goal is not to limit or diminish the importance of the press, but to promote an honest and accurate coverage of this important issue.”