Trump Called These 9 Reporters ‘The Enemy’ – Here’s How They Answered

News media’s top personalities respond to POTUS with mix of sarcasm and shock

Last Updated: February 18, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Note to Donald Trump: Don’t get into a war of words with writers.

Many of the most recognizable journalists in the media world hit back at President Trump’s tweet on Friday calling the news media “the enemy of the American people.”

“Someone is cranky that Gallup has him at 38% and Pew has him at 39%,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted. “So now he’s resorting to FAKE TWEETS. SAD!”

The New York Times’ Sopan Deb wrote: “As a journalist, I’m not the enemy of the American people, other than the ones who think Season 2 of the Wire isn’t any good.”

Trump ruffled plenty of journalistic feathers when he railed against the media earlier in the day, tweeting to his more than 34 million followers: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @Nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!.”

The tweet was then quickly deleted… but only so that Trump could add ABC and CBS to the mix.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd called on “leaders” to “dial it back.”

Kurt Eichenwald went right for the jugular: “So I’m an enemy of America. Yet I never illegally tried 2 do business w/ USAs real enemies like some ppl named Trump.”

And CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto wrote: “I’ve covered foreign countries where free media declared the enemy: China, Russia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar & more. Not language I’ve heard at home.”

Trump has been steadily building up his anti-media campaign since the election. As TheWrap previously reported, Trump’s team sent out a bizarre email survey on Thursday asking people how they feel about the media.

Among the questions were: “On which issues does the mainstream media do the worst job of representing Republicans?” and “Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?”

While not specifically called out by President Trump, journalists from other news outlets such as The Guardian, Verge, Wired and GQ also responded.

Read more reaction from America’s most wanted below: