Donald Trump’s appalling attacks on the press have been unprecedented and as president-elect he’s continuing down that path. Trump finally gave a press conference and it was bonkers. The president-elect refused to take a CNN reporter’s question and told him, “You are fake news!” After that, his staff of cheerleaders could be heard laughing and clapping. After he singled out CNN’s Jim Acosta, he took aim at BuzzFeed News because they published an unverified dossier about his alleged ties with Russia.
and called it “a failing pile of garbage for writing the dossier. “I think they’re going to suffer the consequences,” he said. “They already are. As far as CNN going out of their way to build it up, and, by the way, we just found out it was coming down.”
Trump’s remarks unnerved journalists.
A president saying news organization is “going to suffer the consequences” for printing something he doesn’t like is FUCKING UNBELIEVABLE
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 11, 2017
BuzzFeed’s Luke Lewis mocked the incident.
Pleased with our new tag line pic.twitter.com/sFCMrX91qO
— Luke Lewis (@lukelewis) January 11, 2017
Meanwhile, CNN stands by its report. Sen. John McCain confirmed it in a statement.
Sen. McCain confirms what has been reported, that he was given info on the Trump/Russia allegations and passed it on to FBI Director Comey pic.twitter.com/DXBxPNekqR
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 11, 2017
BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief had this to say:
Editor @BuzzFeedBen tells me they’re “not going to participate in an attempt to divide the media against each other” following CNN criticism
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 11, 2017
In early December, Trump’s echo chamber Kellyanne Conway said there will be ‘consequences’ for those who criticize the president-elect. Melania Trump threatens to sue random bloggers who publish unfavorable stories about her. The First Amendment is cherished in this country. But Trump supporters will give him a pass. They have routinely attacked journalists at his rallies.
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