Even as FCC nominees were pledging to speak out against attacks on journalists, President Donald Trump was continuing to attack the media, going so far as to offer a new "fight fake news" bumper sticker in exchange for a donation to his joint fundraising committee with the RNC.
In an email signed by the president and circulated Wednesday, Trump let fly with now familiar broad-brush attacks:
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the Fake News Media is the real opposition.
Rather than working to fix the problems this nation is facing, the Fake News Media and the Left are hand-in-hand peddling supposed 'news' based on anonymous sources and an unbelievable lack of journalistic integrity.
In fact, they’re so focused on bringing down the success of my administration -- that they’re forgetting about you, the American people.
It is nothing but a 24/7 barrage of hit jobs, fake stories, and absolute disdain for everything we stand for as a movement.
But Friend, I made a promise to stay focused on the American people.
And I will not forget about you or that promise.
This is a fight we can’t afford to lose. The future of our great country hangs in the balance. Stand with me in our fight against the FAKE NEWS with a contribution of $1 or more today."
Elsewhere in Washington, Democratic senators were calling on Republican leadership to hold a hearing on the state of the news media and attacks on journalists by the administration and others.