National Press Club among those shocked by deterioration of relations between media and politicians prompted by the president’s frequent tirades

The alleged assault of a Guardian reporter by a political candidate in Montana comes at a time of deteriorating relations between US news outlets and Republican politicians that has seen one reporter pinned against the wall at a federal agency, another journalist arrested and jailed for eight hours for asking a question, and the US president himself labelling the media “the enemy of the people”.

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