- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2019

Actor Bryan Cranston took a swipe at President Trump during his Tony Awards acceptance speech Sunday night, declaring that “demagoguery” is the real “enemy of the people.”

Mr. Cranston was awarded Best Actor for his portrayal of the fictitious television network anchor Howard Beale in the Broadway adaptation of the 1976 film “Network.” During his acceptance speech at Radio City Music Hall, the “Breaking Bad” star dedicated his award to the “real journalists around the world” who are “in the line of fire in pursuit of the truth.”

“The media is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people,” Mr. Cranston ended his speech to a wave of applause.

The actor elaborated on his statements while talking to reporters backstage.

“It’s absurd to think that the media is the enemy of the people,” Mr. Cranston said, USA Today reported. “If that message keeps getting propagated over and over and over again, sometimes it starts to seep in. And the perception of the truth is often more important than the truth, because if people believe it, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not.

“So the opposite message has to continue to be put out there, whether it’s diversity or the fight against the media or women’s reproductive rights or voting rights,” he added. “It’s important to keep sounding the alarm.”

While Mr. Trump has never called the free press as a whole the “enemy of the people,” he does call out several news organizations that are routinely critical of him or that don’t frame an issue the way he sees it. On Sunday, he attacked the “failing” New York Times and “ratings challenged” CNN for their reports on his tariffs deal with Mexico.

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