In the article, O’Reilly started out by blasting the media for their inability to receive criticism, although they have no problem dishing it out in unfair manners.
“The lords of the press can dish it out, but when it comes to taking criticism, well, they have a major problem with that equation, don’t they?“, said O’Reilly.
O’Reilly continued by saying that although Trump attacks the press in personal ways, this is the very thing that has him winning this “war” against the media.
“While there is no question that Trump is hammering his detractors in very personal ways, why is anyone surprised? As a presidential candidate, he routinely denigrated his opposition by using schoolyard descriptions, and ultimately he vanquished them. So why would he change his maverick style now?“, O’Reilly continued.
O’Reilly shared an experience in which he was personally criticized by Trump while covering the 2016 presidential campaign for Fox News.
“On live TV during the campaign, Donald Trump told me I should see a psychiatrist because I was too ‘negative.’ So what?” O’Reilly said. “I continued to cover him fairly and retained access, even though I criticized him when I felt it necessary. But I based my analysis on facts, did not cheap-shot him, and did not quote anonymous sources that made him look bad. I was straight with Trump and, in return, he was straight with me.”
O’Reilly finished his op-ed with some sound advice for Mr. Trump:
“Hammer your opposition with verifiable statements. Do that, and you may ultimately prevail against a press that often abuses its freedom — a media where seeking the truth is becoming obsolete.”
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