CNN Gets Spanked by White House for Bad Behavior. [VIDEO]

CNN Gets Spanked by White House for Bad Behavior. [VIDEO]

CNN Gets Spanked by White House for Bad Behavior. [VIDEO]

It’s not exactly news that President Trump and CNN despise each other. But then tensions between the two really heated up over the weekend.

In case you missed it, here’s what happened at a press conference in London on Friday. Trump refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta since he represented “fake news.” Prime Minister Theresa May looked on with an embarrassed smile. Awkward!

Not only that, but Trump also railed against NBC as well, after reporter Kristen Welker asked if criticizing NATO allies helped Vladimir Putin.

Trump didn’t care for that question. He shot back at NBC, too.

“That’s such dishonest reporting. Of course it happens to be NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN.”

Now that put Fox News reporter, John Roberts, in a rather thorny situation. Here he was, a reporter from a network the President favors, but also feeling the need to defend colleagues whom he respected. So here’s what he told Harris Faulkner on Fox News Outnumbered:

Roberts also issued a statement on the kerfuffle, which CNN’s Eric Wemple retweeted:

Well, that wasn’t good enough for Matt Dornic, also from CNN:

Nice try, @johnrobertsFox. Your omission is glaring and your compliment backhanded. Next time try and show some class in the moment. And in your statement.

How did John Roberts reply to Dornic? By doing this:

Oh, wait. But there’s more. Because on Saturday, CNN’s Jake Tapper announced that the White House canceled National Security Adviser John Bolton’s scheduled Sunday appearance on “State of the Union:”

Now if you know anything about Bolton, you know that he has no fear of the media. So why did the White House cancel his visit?

In short, according to Sarah Sanders, a “CNN reporter disrespected” President Trump and Prime Minister May, and so the White House was no longer going to reward “bad behavior.”

Did she say bad behavior? Like you would say about a five-year-old?

Yep, she sure did. So now the WH is going to ‘reprioritize’ TV appearances of administration officials.

Bolton and Tapper. Credit: CNN.

However, John Bolton is still appearing on ABC’s This Week with Jonathan Karl on Sunday morning. Apparently ABC is not on the President’s doo-doo list — not yet, anyway.

But CNN, and Jim Acosta in particular, have made themselves gadflies to the President for quite some time.

For example, in January Acosta directed some pretty racially tinged questions at the President:

“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?”

Trump replied to Acosta, and then signaled the end of the conference:

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody.”

But Acosta wasn’t done:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color?”

Whereupon Trump pointed at Acosta and ordered:

“OUT!”

Acosta took to Twitter to complain about the treatment he got from POTUS:

When I tried to follow up on this in the Oval Office, Trump told me to get “out.”

Well, cry me a river. It’s one thing for reporters to respectfully ask a President some pointed questions. After all, that’s what they’re supposed to do.

It’s another to fire questions at him like a barking seal waiting for a fish to drop. Especially if those questions are hostile and loaded.

You may remember that a little over a year ago, the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, which focuses on the media, published a survey on news coverage of Trump after his first 100 days. It was no surprise that that bulk of media reporting was negative. And guess which network produced the most negative coverage? Points to you if you said CNN. They were tied with NBC for the most negative news coverage of the President — 93% of stories were negative.

So it’s no surprise that CNN might not be able to hold interviews with members of the administration anymore. As my late mother used to say when I was a kid, “You made your bed. Now sleep in it.”

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

3 Comments
  • Cameron says:

    “To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as ‘fake news’ is also unfair.”

    So is the blanket condemnation CNN, NBC, CBS, PBS and NPR make of Americans they don’t agree with. Maybe you should be taking the bad reporters for trying hard to be the story instead of reporting it.

  • Skid Marx says:

    I laughed out loud. May has seen much worse than that in the House of Commons, lower house of British Parliament. Trump connects with people because you know he says what he means and means what he says.
    Speaking of reporters trying to be part of the story, these Sunday morning news shows are showing flashy logos of the Helsinki Summit with the heads of reporters mixed in with Trump and Putin like they are equals.

    • GWB says:

      you know he says what he means and means what he says
      Going to have to disagree. He says plenty that he doesn’t mean – he considers it a negotiating tactic. (“Rocket man” vs “I admire Kim”, for one?)

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