MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren Tells President Trump to 'Back Off' Media

Greta Van Susteren closed out her Presidents’ Day broadcast with some strong words for the current commander-in-chief.

Just days after President Trump referred to the media as “the enemy of the American people,” the Fox News-turned-MSNBC host fired back Monday on her new show, For the Record With Greta.

“Mr. President, back off,” Van Susteren told POTUS, after calling his ongoing feud with the media “out of control” and “dangerous.”

She continued: “You have a powerful platform, but it is dead wrong to rev up your loyal base with incorrect, generalized and wide-sweeping inflammatory statements about the entire media. That does not advance a well-needed, robust debate. And it is not what the drafters of the First Amendment had in mind when they added ‘free speech’ and ‘free press’ to the Constitution.”

Van Susteren isn’t the first host to speak directly to President Trump during a broadcast. On Feb. 16, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith called out POTUS for his lack of transparency about Russia: “We have a right to know, we absolutely do, and that you call us ‘fake news’ and put us down like children for asking this question is inconsequential.”

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50 Comments
  1. Tomm Huntre says:

    This crap is why she deserves a spot on the rarely watched MSNNBC and not the highly viewed Fox News.

    • Mary says:

      Seriously, name one thing in her statement that is not accurate. Press does need to double check their facts and #45 needs to check his before spewing alternative facts. If he was so smart, as he claims to be, he would have actually check to see if Fox was correct, which guess what they weren’t. Fox might be highly viewed that doesn’t make them trustworthy, but I know you won’t comprehend that.

      • Cpl Punishment says:

        Why don’t you losers quit lying then? The president is 100% correct. The liberal msm is the enemy of the American people. You traitors lie like a rug and look like the dirt under it. Anyone that believes any of the CIA propaganda that you push is a braindead fool. You people should be arrested for treason and summarily shot.

      • sunshine says:

        Trump did not say the “Press” so she is lying right there. He called out certain media specifically.

        • Steven says:

          Yeah, any media that is critical of him. You’re nitpicking. You understand exactly what she meant.

          • Temperance says:

            Exactly. He’s been – moronically – attacking the pressing general for weeks. I mean, he’s so deeply mentally disturbed and random, he’s not even attacking liberal news sources, or one that makes any sense.

        • Mary says:

          Seriously, you are going there. He called out all of them except Fox because they kiss his backside. Ignorance is not a defense.

        • Ron says:

          You’re walking a very thin line here with semantics. You know damn well what he means. And *sometimes* he calls out certain media. But we all know that many times he just uses the term broadly and doesn’t specify. When he does specify, it’s only those outlets who are asking legitimate questions and (sometimes) have verifiably proof of something that he still denies. He hasn’t gone after Fox lately because they’re the Republican talking head. Though I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he starts going after them, too, since people at Fox, like Shep Smith and Chris Wallace, are starting to call out Trump and his surrogates. Soon, the only outlet he won’t be attacking is the FAKE NEWS Breitbart, which of course used to be run by Trump’s right-hand racist Steve Bannon.

    • Darren says:

      Her statement is accurate. And if you paid attention to the article, Fox news has anchors calling out Trump, as well.

    • Lor says:

      When will they rename this site POL-Line? So sick of it all. I read the paper for this, and came to tvline to escape the political torture.

    • Lor says:

      Also, Remind me again where Greta is on the Bridge to total freedom? Has Greta gone clear yet? Greta believes that if she works hard enough and spends enough cash, she can move objects with her mind. Now THAT means she’s a credible news source!

    • Temperance says:

      Troll much? That’s dead-brained nonsense. Full stop.

  2. Jackie Kashinsky says:

    You are so right.
    Thank you for speaking up for th e American press and for us all.

    • syvyn11 says:

      So we should just accept what the MSM says without question? I didn’t know they spoke the Gospel Truth.

      • Temperance says:

        You can certainly depend on Trump lying… his LIE rating is well over 80%.

      • Ben says:

        No, you shouldn’t accept what anyone says without question. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press is what protects the ability for you to actually see a different perspective. Or would you prefer that you can only get one perspective and are never allowed any other…. perhaps North Korea would be your speed?

  3. Brock Hard says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if she would have the same view if she was still at Faux News.

  4. Collette says:

    Stuff it, Greta. The media has been on a Trump witch hunt since he declared his candidacy. They started this and they are losing the public by continuing it. I’m not a big fan of Trump but voted GOP on the strength of SCOTUS appointments and beefing up the military. Also I wouldn’t trust Clinton with change for the toll booth.

    • Temperance says:

      Heh, Like that’s ever going to happen. Trump’s a sociopathic lunatic, and he’s going down soon enough for a whole legion of disgusting reasons.

    • Mary says:

      Oh you are so wrong. They never called him out during the primaries, which was a big mistake. However; it is clear to see that probably wouldn’t have made a difference because many obviously didn’t care that they voted for a clueless sexual predator who is not all there. Many conservative hypocrites justify the vote due to their hatred of the opponent and were bond and determine to vote party no matter what. The ones who didn’t like either candidate didn’t bother showing up. Ironic you wouldn’t trust her but you trust the moron who has throughout life screwed the every day man. I guess some really don’t have common sense.

      • Coop says:

        It wasn’t a “mistake”, it was a tactical decision aimed at helping Hillary Clinton win the Presidency. They propped up Trump and gave him 2 BILLION dollars in free advertising, drowning out everyone else in the Republican primary. When he wrapped up the nomination, they turned quickly against him, just as everyone knew would happen. Nobody in their right mind thought that Trump could win a national election, even against an incredibly flawed candidate like Clinton. What most people (including myself) failed to realize was that these were the two worst Presidential candidates in the modern era, we just got the order wrong: Clinton #1, Trump #2.

    • Ron says:

      Well, I’m glad that you were virtually a single-issue voter and were willing to gamble with the human and civil rights of a vast group of people. Thanks for that. Also, it’s not a witch hunt. Trump does it to himself. He and his administration continuously makes up events–events that are constantly proven as made up–just to suit his narrative of fear mongering. He attacks the press in a way that is bordering on unconstitutional. The majority of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing, which is unheard of this early into a presidency. Over 70% of Americans want to see his tax returns to verify if there are shady dealing or not, so until he does, of course the American people and press are going to continue writing stories that keep coming out about foreign ties until he once and for all puts an end to them…..unless he’s not releasing them because he can’t put an end to the stories.

      • Collette says:

        Made up as in Hillary landing amidst enemy fire? Made up as in Chelsea is Bill’s daughter? Made up as in Monica Lewinsky and those women in Arkansas were liars?

        • Lynn says:

          Will you guys ever stop running against/bringing up Hillary?? lmao Always trying to deflect from anything Trump is doing wrong.

  5. Julia says:

    Whether you agree or disagree with her, it is clear that only one side of the political spectrum is spewing hate in the comments…Trump supporters/republicans…so who is on the right side here? Those that want people shot and saying things like ‘Stuff it’ or those that are just making normal commentary? Scary times that we live in right now.

  6. kirads09 says:

    What’s more important is that the press doesn’t back off Trump. Hold his feet to the fire and challenge everything!

  7. luv2cook says:

    Oh boo hoo! I think that it’s hysterical that he won’t speak with the part of the media who’s main mission is to destroy him. I didn’t vote for him but it’s funny as all get out to see someone who flat refuses to play by the DC rules.

  8. Coop says:

    I don’t necessarily like what Trump has been doing in this situation, but the media has nobody to blame but themselves. A good chunk of prominent journalists have openly stated the same thing, albeit in a far better manner.

  9. larry says:

    You work for a fake news station Greta, live with it. Trump has every right to defend himself from all the spin, lie and distort news the liberal left continues to spew out. Stop the “anonymous source” garbage. Stop the accusations without proof. Michelle paraded all over the world staying at 5 star hotels and spending millions of tax payer dollars and you people said NOTHING! Trump’s wife says a prayer and you morons have a melt down. HYPOCRISY is weakness!

    • Mary says:

      Did you go off when Trump spewed the birther movement for five years with his anonymous source? The difference is Obama had more intelligence and self respect then to stoop so low and go after him. He showed the maturity of an adult and President to tend to the business at hand. Trump whines like a 5 year old and when he sees his approval ratings drop even more he holds a rally for his die hard sheep. Just to inform you, has been proven that Trump has spent more than Obama did in a year not to mention the golf. I don’t think it was a meltdown just an observation of the hypocrisy of it. So yes hypocrisy is weakness yet it doesn’t seem to bother you when it is Trump doing it. Funny when one cannot defend the “lie” the claim fake news.

  10. Marie58 says:

    The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    Absolutely nowhere in the Constitution does it say you cannot criticize the press. Criticism is protected by the First Amendment. You can dislike the criticism, as Greta clearly does, but it’s not against the law. Obama criticized Fox News dozens of times during speeches and press conferences, by the way.

    You know what else Obama did? In 2010 he had his Justice Department spy extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of his personal emails. An FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking the anti-espionage law with his investigative reporting. The entire news media was outraged and came to his defense. The Obama administration seized two months of telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press. Obama stated that his White House was justified because they were investigating possible national security-related leaks.

    Greta was outraged, of course. Everyone in the media was. But there was no TVLine item, was there? Compare what the Obama administration did with Trump calling news outlets “fake news” and, well, there really is no comparison. What millions of people would like to see is the respectable reporters and editors getting even just a little pissed off at their counterparts who print stories that have no sources, headlines inspired by the tabloids, and slanted views and opinions instead of solid facts.

    • Mary says:

      Quick question was any of the news reports lies? I will answer NO. So it is not fake when it speaks the truth. Look at the Nixon year and the history there you might see some resemblance between the two.

    • Ben says:

      Of course you can criticise the press. But when the President criticises all of the press, except the few outlets that support him, and when he attacks them to the extent that he does not say he disagrees but says they are lying and printing fake news (which is, matter how you look at it, patently untrue), then you have a problem, which is that he wants to attack the foundation of the concept of freedom of the press in order to increase his own influence and power (and suggest that his view is the only correct one). It’s only a very small leap from there to Government-controlled media and propoganda.

      After all, there are plenty of countries where the Government speaks ‘directly to the people’ without going through an intermediary like the free press. Those countries are not the ones we normally consider free.

  11. Jim says:

    Gretta’s ratings suck! She loved Trump on FOX, and now will do what ever she can to get 1000 views to watch her lame show.

  12. Doug says:

    As usual these days, the liberal press gets things wrong and not the president. Do a little research Greta and you will find that all of Europe is in trouble with refugees and the crimes they are committing. The President is right and I think he should ban all Muslims forever from this country. They have a 5th century mindset, particularly where it concerns women and they don’t “integrate” into society. They need to stay in their own culture in their own country.