Jack Germond

Witcover: Nothing new about the press as enemy of the people

Witcover: Nothing new about the press as enemy of the people

Donald Trump is hardly the first national politician to play the "enemy of the people" card against the working press covering him, to rile up crowds of the faithful to a fever pitch.

More than half a century ago, the late Democratic Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace tirelessly worked that antagonistic lode to a fare-thee-well during his gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. He did so with the same snarling manner as Mr. Trump does today, but in ways suggesting his heart was not so venomously in it.

Wallace's war on the press was more a mocking chiding for the crowd, especially at rallies in his home state but also in his ventures into Northern "enemy"...

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