MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell: Trump's "Fake News" Claims Are "Soviet-Era Accusation"

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Andrea Mitchell

The network correspondent and host spoke at a tech conference in Colorado.

During a panel discussion Wednesday morning, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said that President Donald Trump's attacks on the media have been "very disturbing."

"The 'fake news' allegation, calling us the enemy of the people, which sounds like a Soviet-era accusation, I think is very damaging," she said at at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference. "It's damaging to us as an institution, and it's had its impact. He has an enormous megaphone."

Univision executive Isaac Lee compared the press climate in the U.S. to that of his native Colombia, where he edited Semana magazine, and where he said journalists face threats of violence. When he first came to the U.S., he said, he was glad to be in a country where the worst thing that could happen to a journalist is not getting an invitation to a cocktail party. Things have changed, he said.

"This is starting to look like a Latin American third-world country," Lee said.

Lee said that Americans are good at pointing out when democratic values are stripped in other countries. "We now have to see if we are seeing those values being undermined by our own president," he said.

New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger said journalists these days "have a lot of thinking and self-reflection to do." But, he said: "My view is the biggest single mistake we could do in navigating our coverage of the Trump administration would be to let ourselves become the resistance to the government in place."

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