By DANIEL LLOVERAS
Numerous news media outlets, including CNN, NPR and The New York Times, reported Wednesday that Donald Trump’s presidential transition was in a state of disarray.
According to the reports, the disarray was marked by the firing of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the subsequent hiring of Vice President-elect Mike Pence as chair of the transition. It was reported that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, purged the transition team of anyone affiliated with Christie.
Trump emphatically refuted the claims of turmoil in his transition team. Trump attacked the news media, particularly The New York Times, for the reports.
He tweeted that the reports were “so totally wrong” and that the transition was going “so smoothly.”
While Trump’s criticism of news media organizations is nothing new, his attacks will carry more significance now that he has been elected.
Since Trump has the tendency to deny any negative coverage involving him, the role of the news media may increase during a Trump presidency.
News media outlets have a responsibility to seek the truth and report it. Journalists must remain vigilant in spite of Trump’s denial and make sure that the American people are not being lied to by the president-elect.