Fox News anchor reacts to Trump‘s accusations: 'Bullying journalists is not Presidential'
Journalist Julie Banderas recently blasted Donald Trump for attacking her colleagues, John Roberts and Gillian Turner.
The Fox News anchor lashed out and told the U.S. President that the two professionals didn't deserve to have their work diminished by him.
Banderas took to her official Twitter page to say that, just like any other member of the media, they were just doing their jobs by reporting facts.
@realDonaldTrump This is NOT right. I stand by my colleagues @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner They don’t deserve this. No reporter does. They are doing their jobs and reporting the facts. They are not opinion journalists and deserve the respect from the @WhiteHouse they cover. https://t.co/ftRPauopjC— Julie Banderas (@JulieBanderas) January 28, 2019
SPEAKING HER MIND
It all started on Sunday, January 28, 2019, when Trump accused Roberts and Turner of having "even less understanding of the Wall negotiations"than the reporters from CNN and NBC.
"As President, Trump should not bully journalists."
Banderas, who usually appears on Fox News' "Outnumbered," didn't appreciate the President's words and jumped in to defend her coworkers in a series of tweets.
Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC! Look to final results! Don’t know how my poll numbers are so good, especially up 19% with Hispanics?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
The news anchor claimed Roberts and Turner were not opinion journalists and they deserved to be respected by those in the White House.
The 45-year-old revealed that, as members of the press, it is not their job to please others and that they face criticism every single day, and as President, Trump should not bully journalists.
We can and do stand plenty of criticism every day which is fine coming from everyday viewers. Our jobs are not meant to please others. But the office of the @POTUS ought not to be the one lashing out. That’s not how this country works. That’s not how Freedom of the Press works. https://t.co/buakHRRwPO— Julie Banderas (@JulieBanderas) January 28, 2019
INVOKING THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
According to Banderas, by bashing the two reporters, he was not only insulting them personally and professionally, but also "putting a target on their backs" because his followers would follow his lead.
Banderas argued that the Trump administration should not be among those who criticize the press because that is not how the country, or even the Freedom of the Press, works.
By going on Twitter and insulting two of our journalists @realDonaldTrump is putting a target on their backs. In turn his followers will then attack @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner in support on Twitter. Bullying journalists is not Presidential. Period. https://t.co/xayShIojYj— Julie Banderas (@JulieBanderas) January 28, 2019
So far, the President is yet to issue a response, but this was not the first time he tried to undermine the press by accusing them of producing "fake news."
During an interview with The Daily Caller, Trump described NBC as "a total fraud, but his speech also included ABC, CNN and CBS. According to the Head of State, fake news is the cause of most animosity in the country.
Trump backed up his argument by pointing out that whenever he mentions the words 'fake news' at his rallies, people get angry and turn around, frustrated by the stories involving the President.