United States Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has never been one to mince words, but has he finally gone too far?
In a speech yesterday, Trump went on a personal verbal attack on some members of the media for what he perceives as biassed media coverage.
“I think the political press is among the most dishonest people that I have ever met,” Trump stated before pointing out a journalist Tom Llamas and adding, “You’re a sleaze because you know the facts, and you know the facts well.”
Llamas took to Twitter to say:
Trump just called me a “sleaze.” Should be an interesting week.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 31, 2016
Donald Trump then went on to call other members of the press by name and call then “losers”.
It’s not the first time a politician has accused the media for swaying the public’s opinion and creating a negative campaign against them.
In Australia, former prime minister Tony Abbott took a swipe at the media attacks against him following his demise saying, “We have more polls and more commentary than ever before; mostly sour, bitter, character assassination.”
In an era of social media and 24-hour news cycles, it appears that media agencies are turning more towards unsourced information thereby rewarding deceitful behaviour and negativity.