Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times, claimed that Donald Trump’s accusation of treason “crosses a dangerous line in the president’s campaign against a free and independent press.”
US President Donald Trump accused the New York Times of committing “a virtual act of treason” after the report about the US escalating digitals attacks on Russia’s power grid published by the Times. Sulzberger claimed that there was “no more serious charge a commander in chief can make against an independent news organization,” reported Daily Mail.
“He´s gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.”
According to the New York Times, prior to publishing the article the reporters had been in touch with Trump administration to make sure it raised no national security concerns.
Sulzberger has also stated that the sitting president has been conducting “an aggressive campaign against journalist” and that led to the decrease of the public’s trust in the media.
“Mr. Trump´s campaign against journalists should concern every patriotic American. A free, fair and independent press is essential to our country´s strength and vitality and to every freedom that makes it great.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website