'Enemies of the People: Trump and the Political Press' Education Collection
In this hour-long film, nominated for two Emmy Awards, journalists who covered Donald Trump during the 2016 race for the White House critique their role in the former president’s rise to power.
Watch the full film: Enemies of the People: Trump and the Political Press
Retro Report pulls back the curtain on campaign coverage for a revealing look at how President Trump’s rhetoric – and the response by news organizations – have reshaped journalism.
Watch the full film here, or broken up into three chapters, below.
- Viewing Guide
- Lesson Plan: The Media’s Role in Campaign Coverage
- Student Activity: The Media’s Role in Campaign Coverage
- Lesson Plan: News Media and Politics
- Student Activity: News Media and Politics
- Student Activity: Trust in Mass Media - Quantitative Analysis Practice FRQ
- Student Activity: Journalists and Press Freedoms - Quantitative Analysis FRQ
Enemies of the People: Chapter 1
As Donald Trump began his candidacy, the press struggled to determine how to cover him. Was his candidacy a publicity stunt? Would he be taken seriously by voters? As Trump moved through early primaries and garnered increasing media attention, his attacks on journalists were just beginning.
Enemies of the People: Chapter 2
Hostility by politicians toward the media is nothing new. From Nixon to Reagan to Clinton and others, wariness and tension were often the norm in political coverage. However, a changing media landscape, with the proliferation of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, meant that tensions were ratcheted up even further.
Enemies of the People: Chapter 3
Trump's rocky relationship with the press continued through the general election and into his presidency. His ability to turn his supporters against the mainstream media left many in the press wondering if their connection to media consumers had fundamentally changed, and if the role of the media in covering politics was irreparably damaged.