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What Do You Mean by 'The Media?'

The term has been weaponized.
Source: Eric Thayer / Reuters

On Friday evening a young Time reporter tweeted something false. Within minutes, he realized his error, corrected himself, and apologized.

The following day, the president of the United States chastised the reporter by name in an address to the CIA. “This is how dishonest the media is,” an exasperated Trump extrapolated.

Amid a flurry of real-time observations from within the Oval Office, the reporter, Zeke Miller, had written that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr., appeared to have been removed.  It hadn’t. It was just out of Miller’s field of view.

Yet the reprimanding of Miller and all of his colleagues continued throughout the weekend. Press Secretary Sean Spicer and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway also individually expressed outrage at Miller in public remarks—accusing him of lying, pointing to the error as proof that

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