The freedom of press is under attack.
During a total shitshow of a press conference that was centered around BuzzFeed’s posting of unsubstantiated documents that accuse Trump of engaging in sexual acts with sex workers in Russia and claiming that Russia has financial and personal blackmail against Trump, the minority-president-elect refused to take questions from CNN, who also reported on the claims, calling them “fake news.”
After slamming BuzzFeed and CNN from the stage, a reporter from CNN tried to ask a question in which Trump responded he would not take questions from fake news sources. CNN’s Jim Acosta asked that since his outlet is being slammed, they deserved a question, but Trump refused.
Trump shutting down CNN reporter trying to ask a question: “Don’t be rude… you are fake news” pic.twitter.com/O4z3pPYdXp
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 11, 2017
This sets a dangerous precedent with reporters if they are going to allow the president to decide which news outlets are real of fake, dependent upon his approval of how they report on him and his presidency.
CNN, which does believe that BuzzFeed was wrong to publish the entire report, defended itself in a statement after the press conference.
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.
They went on to say that they “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.”
Trump wants to control the press, and silence those who dissent. Sadly, the press in the room today continued on without holding him accountable for such actions and even laughing when he mocked the BBC.
This is the road to state-run media.