Donald Trump Blasts ‘Fake News’ CNN, Spars With Reporter

Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted CNN as "fake news" and hit the cable network for repeating and promoting unverified information out of BuzzFeed on Russia. During a press conference heavily dominated by BuzzFeed’s sketchy claims about the President-elect, CNN reporter Jim Acosta attempted to shout out a question: “Since you are attacking our news organization —" 

Trump shut him down: “Not you. Your organization is terrible.” Acosta whined, “You are attacking our news organization. Can you give us a chance to ask a question?” 

He continued shouting: “Mr. President elect, can you give us a question?  You are attacking us!” 

Trump zinged, “Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.” 

The Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell denounced BuzzFeed for their unverified reporting. 

A transcript of the exchange is below:  

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Donald Trump press conference
1/11/17

12:07

DONALD TRUMP Go ahead. Go ahead. 

JIM ACOSTA: Mr. President-elect -- 

TRUMP: Go ahead. 

ACOSTA: Since you are attacking our news organization— 

TRUMP: Not you. Not you. Your organization is terrible. 

ACOSTA: You are attacking our news organization. Can you give us a chance to ask a question? 

TRUMP: Go ahead. Quiet. Quiet. 

ACOSTA: Mr. President, can you say categorically — 

TRUMP: Go ahead. She's asking a question. Don't be rude. 

ACOSTA: Mr. President elect, can you give us a question?  You are attacking us! 

TRUMP: Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news. 

ACOSTA: Sir, can you say categorically that nobody —  now, Mr. President-elect, that's not appropriate.         

TRUMP: Go ahead. 

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Mr. President, president Obama, do you think he went too far with the sanctions he put on Russia after the hacking? Will you roll them back? What do you think of Lindsey Graham’s plan to send you a bill for tougher ones?

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.