Russian officials have made clear that the regulations were tit-for-tat retaliation for a move by United States officials to register RT, the state-run Russian news group formerly known as Russia Today, as a foreign agent.
Mr. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Russian officials, and he has denied that his White House gives preferential treatment to Mr. Putin.
For months, press freedom groups have warned that Mr. Trump’s escalating attacks on the news media could inspire foreign governments to follow his lead, particularly in countries that lack the robust speech protections of the United States.
If the denunciations of his attacks ruffled Mr. Trump, the president seemed to take pains on Monday to show his opinion had not changed.
“They are all bad,” Mr. Trump added.
Whereby “they all” means all news organizations except for Fox News. That should be all you need to realize Trump is dead wrong.
Chotiner: I just want to talk to you about your piece and journalism.
Hersh: What difference does it make what the fuck I think about journalism? I don’t think much of the journalism that I see. If you think I write stories where it is all right to just be good enough, are you kidding? You think I have a cavalier attitude on throwing stuff out? Are you kidding? I am not cavalier about what I do for a living.
Chotiner: I don’t think you are cavalier. That was not my question.
Hersh: Whatever it is, it’s an impossible question. It’s almost like you are asking me to say that there are flaws in everybody. Yes. Do I acknowledge that not everybody can be perfect? But I am not backing off anything I said.
The entire interview is comical. Chotiner probably should have quit early on in the interview but, for whatever reason, seems to have believed it would end up productive. Instead, he got his ass handed to him on a Hersh-provided platter for everyone to read.