The president-elect had his first press conference in months Wednesday morning, and it was brutally characteristic of Trump’s determination to shoot at anything that moves.
What may be Trump’s most notable outburst during that press conference was directed at CNN.
When CNN’s well known journalist Jim Acosta attempted to ask Trump a question, the president-elect shut him down.
Acosta can be heard in a video clip from the press conference saying, from what seems to be the front row, “Mr. President-elect, Mr. President-elect… can you give us a chance?”
Trump, immediately after Acosta began to speak, started pointing obviously beyond him, saying to a not immediately identifiable reporter, “Go ahead, go ahead.”
Turning to Acosta, Trump said, mocking how Acosta had ended up speaking over Trump while the president-elect was trying to get a different reporter besides Acosta to ask a question, “She’s asking a question, don’t be rude.”
Trump added, speaking to Acosta of CNN, “Your organization is terrible. It’s terrible… I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
What so freaked out the president-elect was that CNN had reported on Tuesday that serious allegations existed that Russia had personally compromising information on him.
CNN was clear about that these allegations were just that, allegations. The main point of their story was, by far, was that U.S. intelligence agencies were investigating the allegations to see if they are, in fact true.
As CNN also reported, both the president-elect himself and outgoing president Obama were briefed on the existence of these allegations at the same time that they were briefed on the recently concluded Office of the Director of National Intelligence Report on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
CNN’s report made great effort towards being clear that the information they were reporting was an allegation that was being investigated by U.S. intelligence and that it could be confirmed as nothing more than that.
And then Buzzfeed came along.
Where CNN left blanks in their report in the interest of not reporting what amounts to pure conjecture, Buzzfeed reported what exactly the alleged dirt that Russia has on him actually is.
And, if true, the dirt is damning, to say the least.
Buzzfeed’s report, mind you, is headed by the ridiculously ominous subtitle, “The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors.” The outlet published them anyway.
Trump, at Wednesday morning’s press conference, also addressed Buzzfeed, calling it a “failing pile of garbage.”
Check out a video of Trump’s testy exchange with Acosta below.
— RT (@RT_com) January 11, 2017
A CNN spokesperson responded to Trump’s remarks immediately following the press conference.
The official CNN statement reads, in part:
‘CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different from Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting…’
The full statement is featured below.
CNN releases statement differentiating itself from BuzzFeed's reporting on Trump-Russia: pic.twitter.com/0Tu4e23qtZ
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) January 11, 2017
Featured Image via Screenshot from the Video.