‘Democracy depends upon a free media’ – fmr WH official

Trump’s war with mainstream US media is a defining theme of his young administration. The president’s complaints about “fake news” targeting him and his staff have strained public trust in journalists and put press freedom itself in the spotlight. On this episode of PoliticKING, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, Lanny Davis, joins Laura Schwartz to explain why it’s “not a wise idea to demonize the media” because it narrows Trump’s public appeal and erodes an important institution. Then Breitbart senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak joins to argue that US media largely abandoned its role to check the White House during Obama’s presidency and now functions as a political process to destabilize Trump.