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Trump Brags He's 'Proud' of Undermining Faith in Free Press During Fox Business Interview

As usual, he's not telling the whole truth.

Photo Credit: Fox Business Network

During a Fox Business Network appearance that played more like a 30-minute advertisement for President Donald Trump, the president told host Lou Dobbs about the achievement that makes him proud.

"I have come up with some pretty good names for people. I think one of the best names is — you know I really started this whole fake news thing," he said. "Now they’ve turned it around and now they’re calling stories put out by Facebook fake, they’re fake. What could be more fake than CBS and NBC and ABC and CNN?”

“I’m so proud I have been able to convince people how fake it is,” Trump boasted.

Amid humanitarian catastrophes and a news cycle dominated by the president's disrespect for a fallen soldier's family, Trump used a national television appearance to brag about undermining Americans' trust in news media.

But as usual, he's not telling the whole truth. People actually trust the media more today than when Trump was elected. While he may have solidified his followers' distrust of media, it's not true of the country overall.

Watch the interview below.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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