During a bizarre and disconcerting press conference hosted by President-elect Donald Trump, the reality star slammed CNN and refused to answer any of their questions. According to The Daily Beast, Trump allowed for reporters to ask questions but refused to let CNN’s Jim Acosta ask a question, shouting him down by saying, “You are fake news!”
When Acosta pushed Trump on his critique and asked to still be able to ask a question, Trump refused and told Acosta not to be rude.
Trump was visibly upset and spent time during his press event blasting Buzzfeed and CNN for reporting on a document that alleges Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” about him.
Acosta took to Twitter to reveal that after their verbal spat, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to kick him out.
CNN recently released a statement addressing Trump’s accusations that the news station publishes fake news.
“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.
We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.
We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”
This incident only illuminates the types of attacks against the media we can look forward to during the next four years.
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