Joe Biden: Attacks on news media, courts are dangerous

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017 file photo, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event prior to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Biden defended the courts and the news media, saying attacks against those institutions are dangerous. He was speaking Wednesday, March 1, at the Newseum in Washington, where he accepted an award from the Bipartistan Policy Center. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden defended the courts and the news media, saying attacks against those institutions are dangerous.

Biden was speaking Wednesday night at the Newseum in Washington, where he accepted an award from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

News outlets report that the Democrat didn't mention Republican President Donald Trump by name but said he was worried by the "almost drumbeat of denigration of the institutional structures that govern us."

Biden said trying to delegitimize the courts is "corrosive" and makes it impossible to compromise. And he said questioning the legitimacy of the free press is "one of the most dangerous things out there."

Trump has criticized judges and rulings in the past. He also frequently criticizes what he calls "fake news" and once wrote in a tweet that the news media "is the enemy of the American people."

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the name of the center is the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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