ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- During a Thursday talk on President Donald Trump, the media and fake news, University of Virginia Professor and former CBS News National Correspondent Wyatt Andrews said Trump appears to be following a "dictator's playbook" by targeting the press and judges in public comments and tweets.
Andrews said while all politicians "spin" the truth to suit their political positions or narratives, the Trump administration and the president himself go further than previous administrations by repeating demonstrably false information and doubling down when confronted.
He said the media should not go to war with Trump but should instead focus on covering policy issues. Reporters should refute false claims immediately and should call Trump out anytime he calls real media reports fake news.
Andrews also said Americans should be vigilant about the sources of their information.
"Most of the mainstream media still operate with bylined news reporters, who actually did the reporting, made the phone calls, dug into the public documents," he said. "Outside of that, anybody reading news online should have their guard up."
Andrews said media company owners should be spending more money on reporters, and he said television networks should not allow serial liars to be interviewed on air.