For the time being, the Trump administration will no longer appear on CNN, but a White House official added that the “ban” is not permanent.
And while the Trump administration has refused to send surrogates on CNN talk shows, Spicer has confirmed that the “Fake News” outlet won’t be frozen out of press briefings. Speaking at an event at George Washington University on Monday, Spicer pointed out that Trump answered all of CNN’s questions in the regular daily briefings but also noted that he’s “not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something factually right.”
Big deal. I doubt if the Trump administration will be sending surrogates to the Weekly World News either…
And of course, Trump’s stance toward CNN is no different from how the Obama administration handled Fox News for 8 years. But the mainstream media is in an uproar over Trump’s treatment of CNN.
Funny I can’t recall the mainstream media rallying around Fox News anytime over the last eight years when President Obama attacked them almost daily.
And remember that Fox news was never accused of fake news, only a conservative perspective, while CNN was caught in actual fabricated fake news scandals.
In fact, let’s review the times Obama blamed the No. 1 name in news:
Then-candidate Obama complained he would be polling much higher if Fox didn’t exist. This may work in soap operas and song lyrics, but that’s not exactly the best start to a working relationship with the press.
“I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls,” Obama told liberal journalist Matt Bai of the New York Times Magazine. “[T]he way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latté-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?”
Obama admitted in a softball interview with Rolling Stone that he “disagrees” with Fox News. No shock there, but added he believes Fox has a “destructive viewpoint.”
“I think Fox is part of that tradition — it is part of the tradition that has a very clear, undeniable point of view. It’s a point of view that I disagree with. It’s a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world. But as an economic enterprise, it’s been wildly successful. And I suspect that if you ask Mr. Murdoch what his number-one concern is, it’s that Fox is very successful.”
After the Democrats’ midterm election shellacking, President Obama reportedly told labor leaders in a private meeting that Fox News was responsible for him “losing white males” who tune into the network to “hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7.”
He needed someone to blame for the massive losses because the next election was his.
Obama went after Fox News on the campaign trail for his health care law.
“If you’ve talked to somebody who said, ‘Well, I don’t know, I was watching Fox News and they said this is horrible,’ you can say, ‘you know what? Don’t take my word for it! Go on the website.”
During a pre-Super Bowl interview, President Obama said Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was being unfair for asking questions about ObamaCare’s shortcomings, the IRS scandal and Benghazi.
Because, as Obama’s longtime adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a recent CNN interview, “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself…” Yes, she really said that.
President Obama insisted ObamaCare is “working pretty well in the real world” despite it being a “fanged threat to freedom on Fox News” in a speech at Northwestern University.
Nevermind the painful costs it’s incurring now, and the fact that Democrats can’t defend it to save Obama’s legacy.
At a Clinton fundraiser in New York City, President Obama predicted a close election “not because of Hillary’s flaws,” but because of Fox News and some blogs “that are churning out a lot of misinformation…”
Which brings us to our final whopper from the president:
After Trump’s successful win on election day, Obama blamed Fox News for Democrats losing elections because of “Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.”
Time and time again, Obama used the bully pulpit to blame Fox News for his losses, but the mainstream media didn’t come alongside Fox.
Trump was right to do what he did – given CNN’s shameful act.
CNN should commit to honest reporting – or get used to reporting from the doghouse for a while.