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Robert B. Reich

Robert B. Reich: Trump's seven techniques for controlling the media

Robert B. Reich: Trump's seven techniques for controlling the media

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

1. Berate the media. Last week, Mr. Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and executives to the 25th floor of Trump Tower to berate them for their reporting about him during the election.

For 20 minutes he reportedly railed at what he called their "outrageous" and "dishonest" coverage. According to an attendee, "Trump kept saying, 'We're in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,'" and he called CNN a "network of...

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