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Smith is a former Republican state senator, Oregon Senate president and was one of Oregon's U.S. senators for 12 years.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Former Oregon U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters, said Tuesday that President Trump is wrong to brand the media the enemy of the people. He made his remarks Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Portland Business Alliance.Gordon Smith says President Donald Trump is wrong when he branded some news organizations as "the enemy of the American people," a phrase usually describing hostile nations or subversive groups.

Smith made his comment Tuesday (May 2) during a keynote speech at the 17th annual breakfast of the Portland Business Alliance. More than 1,000 attended the event at the Oregon Convention Center.

"Of all of President Trump's tweets, the one I think that is most regrettable is the one where he said the media is the enemy of the American people," Smith said. "It is not."

Coming from the president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters since 2009, Smith's comment is hardly surprising.

Coming from a former Republican state senator, Oregon Senate president and one of Oregon's U.S. senators for 12 years until 2008, Smith's comment may be surprising.



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