Speaking at a press conference on Poland today, President Trump noted that CNN now has “some pretty serious problems.”
It does. Its latest problem is that it threatened and blackmailed an individual it dislikes, something so contrary to what we think of as journalism — even partisan journalism — that it demonstrates the depths to which CNN seems to have sunk.
Yeah, I think what CNN did was unfortunate for them. As you know, now they have some pretty serious problems. They have been fake news for a long time. They’ve been covering me in a very, uh, very dishonest way . . .
But CNN and others — and others; I mean NBC is equally as bad, despite the fact that I made them a fortune with ‘The Apprentice,’ but they forgot that. But I will say that CNN has really taken it too seriously, and I think they’ve hurt themselves very badly — very, very badly. And what we want to see in the United States is honest, beautiful, free — but honest — press. We want to see fair press. I think it’s a very important thing. We don’t want fake news.
And by the way, not everybody is fake news. But we don’t want fake news. Bad thing. Very bad for our country.
Below, CNN’s Jim Acosta strikes back at Trump, accusing the president himself of conveying fake news.
Back in the day, journalists who claimed to be from neutral networks did everything they could not to get personally involved in the story they were covering. It wasn’t about them, it was about the news. Well, that’s all gone, and CNN can no longer ever claim that it is operating mainly as a news organization.
Now, I realize CNN has long had a liberal bias, just as nearly all mainstream news outlets do. But at least they tried to minimize it by not making themselves part of the story.
I can remember years ago, when I was part of the mainstream media, Nelson Mandela came to the White House. I stood right next to him. I wanted to shake his hand, but I didn’t. I was there to cover Mandela, not to engage with him personally. It wasn’t about me.
Now that Trump has baited the media into a personal fight, he has caused them to damage themselves — and whatever “authority” they had — irreparably. It’s very clever what Trump has done, and CNN now must either try to compete with MSNBC for liberal viewers or start going down the tubes. Probably, the latter.