Donald Trump, aka “John Barron,” “John Baron” and “John Miller,” kicked off his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today by deriding the “fake news media” as “the enemy of the people” and declaring that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources.
Trump claimed that the “fake news,” which he believes includes The New York Times, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC, “have no sources and just make them up,” suggesting that a recent Washington Post story on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s relationship with the Russian government was completely fabricated.
“They make up sources,” he said. “They’re very dishonest people.”
After laughably insisting that he doesn’t “mind bad stories,” Trump said that journalists “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.” This comment came just hours after White House aides held a press briefing where, according to the Associated Press, they “refused to allow their names to be used.”