NBC "Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt said he mostly ignores insults President Trump frequently directs toward the news media, and said they only distract from work journalists should be doing.
"It’s not fun," Lester said in an interview with New York magazine published Monday. "Nobody likes to hear that. But I’ve learned to let it roll off my back ... and I refuse to believe that [we] can be tweeted or insulted away with a few remarks. Listen, I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s helpful. But we just focus on what we have to do. If we’re going to let things like that bother us, then we shouldn’t be doing what we do."
Holt said, however, that he was genuinely bothered by Trump referring to the news media as "the enemy of the people," which he saw as potentially inflammatory enough to inspire violence.
Trump has long complained that his administration is covered unfairly and accused news organizations of fabricating anonymous sources to print stories that undermines his agenda. He has routinely called outlets like the New York Times, CNN, and NBC "fake news," and has complained at rallies that the press is against him and doesn't cover him fairly.
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Trump has also talked about changing libel laws to make it easier to sue newspapers when they make false accusations.