Bryan Cranston slams Trump's media hatred at Tony Awards

Bryan Cranston didn’t need to zing President Donald Trump by name to get his point across at the Tony Awards Sunday.

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.”

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US model Emily Ratajkowski attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Lucy Liu attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Jane Krakowski attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Regina King attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Billy Porter attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: James Corden and Julia Carey attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kristin Chenoweth attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Tina Fey attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Jake Gyllenhaal attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Darren Criss (L) and Mia Swier attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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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.

Cranston, who once said he’d move to Canada if Trump were elected, has criticized the president and his administration before without a direct mention.

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.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: James Corden and Julia Carey attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Annette Bening and Warren Beatty attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Kathleen Rosemary Treado and Jeff Daniels attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Ira Kunyansky and Abigail Breslin attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: David Miller and Ryan Murphy attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Darren Criss (L) and Mia Swier attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Robin Dearden (L) and Bryan Cranston attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: Billy Porter and Adam Smith attend the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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