In receiving his award for Best Leading Actor in a Play as Howard Beale in “Network,” he slammed the president’s demonization of the press.
“Howard Beale is a fictitious TV newsman who found his way into the line of fire because of his pursuit of the truth, and I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world … who actually are in the line of fire with their pursuit of the truth,” Cranston said.
“The media is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.”
Trump earlier on Sunday attacked The New York Times and CNN for reporting his claimed deal with Mexico to curb immigration contained little that hadn’t already been covered in prior agreements. Trump raged at the outlets as “truly The Enemy of the People!”
Cranston’s dig was somewhat subtle compared to last year’s Tonys, in which Robert De Niro said “Fuck Trump” twice during the telecast and was bleeped out.
This year’s Tonys were “relatively light” on politics, The Daily Beast reported.
But there was no mistaking Cranston’s target at the Tonys.
“It’s absurd to think that the media is the enemy of the people,” the “Breaking Bad” actor said backstage at Radio City Music Hall. “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.”