The CNN meltdown treated Trump’s negative opinion of the network as an attack on a free press.
It is amazing that people participated in the CNN meltdown as if it would change anyone’s opinion.
.@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2017
In response to this tweet and others, CNN reported on itself as if it’s verdict on its own value as a source of objective news was an impartial report. Doesn’t that by itself demonstrate that Donald Trump’s opinion may have at least some truth? Why is CNN’s evaluation of itself any more trustworthy and impartial than the President’s evaluation of CNN?
The Washington Post reports, “CNN stars Blitzer, Cooper, Amanpour and others fire back at Trump in day of rage.”
It was the first tweet, the apparent assault on the work of CNN International correspondents abroad, that marked a breaking point for many CNN journalists. To them, Trump’s words undermined and threatened the work of colleagues in the field risking their lives amid war zones, natural disasters and other dangerous environments to report the truth.
CNN’s public relations department responded to Trump’s tweet within minutes: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news.”
And on Monday, the network dedicated significant airtime to rebuking Trump.
“We have thick skin here at CNN,” host Anderson Cooper said Monday. “We can handle criticism, but we’ll damn sure call it out when it’s a lie.”
“His assault against a free press, a free press that stands up to him, will not stop us or any other legitimate news organization,” Cooper said. “It won’t stop my colleagues around the world who put their lives on the line to do their work, to report.”
He went on to spotlight the work of veteran international correspondents Ben Wedeman, one of the first Western journalists inside Libya covering the removal of dictator Moammar Gaddafi, and Arwa Damon, whose group was under siege in Mosul, Iraq, for more than 28 hours in November 2016.
In his Monday broadcast, anchor Wolf Blitzer introduced a nearly five-minute montage of clips showing CNN correspondents covering war and strife in places such as Afghanistan, Syria, Niger, Libya and the Philippines.
Reminding readers of how CNN supported Obama and Clinton’s murderous spree in Libya doesn’t help them make a case.
Here’s another Trump tweet they should worry about:
As bad as Qaddafi was—what comes next in Libya will be worse—just watch.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2011
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