Politico’s media reporter, Hadas Gold, says national correspondents covering Donald Trump rallies are expressing more concern for their safety as the GOP nominee ratchets up his rhetoric regarding a rigged election and media bias.
“I think my colleagues increasingly feel threatened, and not just threatened that they’re going to get yelled at – which is what’s happened for the entire year – but they’re increasingly starting to feel threatened by physical harm,” said Gold, whose “On Media” blog reports on the intersection of press and politics at Politico.com.
Appearing on this week’s Talk Business & Politics, Gold also discussed how Trump has complained that the media is working against his campaign and him in a coordinated fashion.
“Blaming the media has been a major theme of Donald Trump’s campaign pretty much this entire cycle, but he’s really ramped it up in the past few days and past week,” Gold said. “It might not really work for a bunch of independent and college-educated voters who see him, in a sense, almost espousing conspiracy theories when he says international banks and Hillary Clinton and all of the media are working together against him.”
Gold also discussed the WikiLeaks emails and the media’s efforts to authenticate their accuracy. She also describes what a post-election media organization involving Trump and several of his supporters, such as former Fox News executive Roger Ailes and Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon, may entail.
Watch the full interview in the video below.