According to a new report, CNN is getting frozen out by the Trump administration because of all their fake news:
NY POST – CNN, which President Trump has accused of reporting “fake news,” is getting frozen out of appearances by members of the administration.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” a White House official told Politico, adding the ban is not permanent.
But a CNN reporter had a different take on the snub.
“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the person told the website.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer denied that CNN was being ignored, saying he’s called on the news network’s reporters at press briefings.
But he said it’s at his discretion.
“I’m not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right,” he said during an event at George Washington University this week.
Trump administration officials have been conspicuously absent on CNN since the middle of January while appearing on many other news shows.
This is what happened to Fox News from the Obama administration. In fact it was only when he wanted to ensure Obamacare passed that Obama himself came on Fox News. But otherwise he never went on the network for interviews, going everywhere else under the sun but Fox News.
It sounds like Trump is taking a similar approach with CNN now. I have no empathy for CNN here and understand Trump’s beef with CNN on some of the stories they’ve gotten wrong, especially the story on Putin having the goods on Trump.
But with Trump I think it goes deeper, or at least it will, as he likes good coverage to the point that it looks like he’s demanding loyalty from the news networks. At least that’s how it looked during the campaign. I guess we’ll see going forward.