‘YOU ARE FAKE NEWS’ – Watch Donald Trump Go Berserk On CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent
The ‘Fake News’ Phenomena Dominated The PEOTUS’ Press Conference
Donald Trump’s first press conference since becoming President-Elect finally took place Wednesday morning, in the shadow of a still-unverified report about Russian attempts to compromise the incoming POTUS both personally and financially. The event — intended to specify how Trump would divest himself from his vast business empire upon taking the oath of office — quickly became a platform for Trump to attack media outlets that he believes report unfair coverage of his transition and pending administration. He began his day asking if we were living in Nazi Germany, and by lunchtime went on a nationally broadcasted tirade against CNN. The cable news giant was the first to report on the potential compromise Tuesday night.
CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta attempted to question Trump about his attacks on the network and was summarily shot down by Trump. Accosta can be heard saying:
Sir, Mr. President Elect. Sir, since you are attacking our news organization.
Trump then lashed out at Acosta, dismissively waving him off, pointing at him and saying:
Not you, your organization is terrible. Your organization is terrible. Quiet, quiet (over Acosta’s continued attempt to ask his question)…Don’t be rude. Don’t be rude! Don’t. Be. Rude. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!
The encounter quickly began trending on social media:
— RT (@RT_com) January 11, 2017
According to Talking Points Memo, Acosta was threatened with removal:
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 11, 2017
CNN Issues Quick Response
Within an hour of the press conference’s conclusion, CNN released a response via their public relations wing on twitter. They pointed out the difference between their original breaking of the story and the complete unverified report published by Buzzfeed. Saying “The Trump team knows this”, they ask the Trump team to “identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”
Statement from CNN: pic.twitter.com/WttyOCxQxp
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 11, 2017
Reverb Press will continue to post updates on the fallout from the report as it becomes available.
Featured Photo screen capture from @RT_com on twitter.com.
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