After Trump had tweeted an inaccurate statement about an interview that the cable news network had just concluded, CNN responded to the President’s false statement by playing the tape and tearing into the President for calling the network fake news.
Transcript via CNN:
CUOMO: “Chris Cuomo in his interview with Senator Blumenthal never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave service in Vietnam. Fake news.” Let’s just please show the top of the interview.
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CUOMO: The president of the United States saying you should not be believed because you misrepresented your military record in the past.
SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D), CONNECTICUT: There’s no question that judge Gorsuch said to me that he found these attacks on the judiciary by the president —
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CUOMO: Really, the first point that I made in the interview. The president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts. That’s not something that any of us have any desire to say on a regular basis, but it keeps being true.
Fake news is the worst thing you can call a journalist. It’s like an ethnic disparagement. We all have these ugly words for people. That’s the one for journalists.
David, he just keeps doubling down when the facts don’t favor his position. He just said you never asked him about it. I did. He ducked it, and that’s OK. Politicians duck things all the time.
The truth of the matter asserted is about whether or not this judge says what Blumenthal says he said. His own coms guy says. Nobody denies it except the president of the United States and once again he doubles down when he’s wrong.
CNN showed how every network should handle Trump’s attempts to bully the media through his Twitter account. The networks have an advantage over Trump. If they choose to do so, they can respond in real time, and fact check the President.
President Trump thinks he is at war with the media. He seems to believe that bellowing or tweeting fake news is going to cause the networks to buckle in fear.
The media isn’t backing down. With each Trump false statement, the scrutiny is growing.
Trump picked a fight with the media, and the free press is demolishing his lies and false statements.