President Trump Bashes ‘Out of Control’ Media: ‘The Press Has Become So Dishonest’

President Donald Trump selected Alexander Acosta as his choice for labor secretary during a press conference on Thursday afternoon before turning his attention to the media.

“The Press has become so dishonest, that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people,” Trump said. “The press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

After a 24-minute opening statement that included quotes such as, “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars,” Trump took questions from reporters, who he called “fake news” to their faces.

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Trump said both the leakers of government information and the press who prints it “should be ashamed.” The president called a recent New York Times story “a joke” and claimed it has been discredited.

Trump also mocked the Wall Street Journal, saying it is almost as disgraceful as the Times.

“I don’t mind bad stories. I can handle a bad story better than anybody, as long as its true,” Trump said. “I’m not OK when it is fake. I watch CNN and it’s so much anger and hatred.”

Trump then said he doesn’t watch CNN anymore and took credit for a recent spike in cable news ratings.

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During the combative press conference, Trump called on reporters from a variety of news organizations. Just yesterday, CNN’s Jim Acosta said “the fix is in” after Trump only called on conservative news organizations during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“In the last three news conferences, all of the questions to the America news media have been handled by conservative press,” Acosta said on air yesturday. “The fix it in.”

During Thursday’s press conference, Trump repeatedly pointed at Acosta and promised to eventually call on him. Once he did, the CNN reporter said, “Just for the record, we don’t hate you.”

“Ask Jeff Zucker how he got his job,” Trump said, referring to the CNN Worldwide president who used to oversee Trump’ “Apprentice” reality show.

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Acosta and Trump then argued over CNN’s ratings, “We do have other people and your ratings aren’t as good as some who are waiting,” the president said.

Acosta eventually asked about WikiLeaks, comparing Trump getting upset over the leaking highly classified information to him encouraging leaking emails related to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

At one point, Trump openly searched for a “friendly reporter” after he was tired of answering questions about his relationship with Russia. It’s not just the Times, WSJ and CNN that Trump is angry with. When a BBC reporter tried to ask a question, Trump said, “There is another beauty.”

Trump went on to call “Fox & Friends” the “most honest morning show,” while saying the tone of CNN is “almost exclusive anti-Trump.” He even said he was going to start referring to CNN as “very fake news” and joked that he made sure Alexander Acosta wasn’t related to the CNN reporter.

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Acosta doesn’t need to worry about the president only calling on conservative news organizations after today’s combative press conference, but we doubt this will end the CNN’s reporter’s issues with the president.

Several prominent media members have chimed in on Twitter:

This not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 16, 2017

Trump has admitted to watching about 6 hours of cable TV a day. How does he have time to ruin the country?

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) February 16, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump today…

— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) February 16, 2017

Transcript of the last few minutes of the Trump press conference:

— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) February 16, 2017

Trump is now blaming the media for Russian aggression in recent weeks

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 16, 2017

I’ve never seen a presidential press conf. like this one. And I am old.

— Paul Farhi (@farhip) February 16, 2017

Trump believes — wrongly — that he was instrumental getting Jeff Zucker hired at CNN. I have thoroughly looked into this. It is untrue.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 16, 2017

Good for Trump to so boldly tackle America’s biggest crisis: cable news

— Jack Mirkinson (@jackmirkinson) February 16, 2017

The president is repeatedly mentioning “Jeff.” FYI, Jeff Zucker told reporters earlier today that he hasn’t spoken with Trump since December

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 16, 2017

Trump says a question from a reporter for a Jewish publication about rising anti-Semitism is “not a fair question.”

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 16, 2017

It’s utter madness. I can’t believe it’s not a parody.

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 16, 2017

The photos coming across the wire from Getty are actually doing a decent job of showing how fucking insane this is

— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) February 16, 2017

“Wow. What an amazing hour-and-fifteen-minute appearance by the President of the United States.” — @wolfblitzer

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) February 16, 2017

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Hayley Atwell to Star in Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Howard’s End’ for BBC, Starz

Hayley Atwell will star in the BBC, Starz co-production of the novel adaptation “Howard’s End,” which will be adapted by “Manchester by the Sea” director and writer Kenneth Lonergan, Starz announced Wednesday.

The miniseries will be based on the E.M. Forster novel of the same name. Hettie Macdonald will direct all four hour-long episodes.

Executive produced by Playground in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment, the series will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.

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Atwell will portray Margaret Schlegel and Matthew Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox in the adaptation. Tracey Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund.

Playground’s Colin Callender, City Entertainment’s Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin, and KippSter Entertainment’s David A. Stern will executive produce along with Playground’s Sophie Gardiner and Scott Huff and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith is producing.

Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed “Manchester by the Sea,” which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. This will be his first television adaptation.

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Starz retains all US multiplatform pay TV rights as well as worldwide multiplatform distribution rights to “Howards End.” BBC retains UK television rights. Rights to use the original novel as source material for the limited series were acquired from Jonathan Sissons at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, on behalf of the Forster Estate. Starz senior vice president of original programming Karen Bailey serves as the executive in charge.

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Speculation has long raged over the fate of the characters in Love Actually, Richard Curtis’s 2003 Christmas classic. Thirteen months ago, script editor (and Curtis’s wife) Emma Freud sated some fans with a scattering of answers: Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson remain married but aren’t as happy; Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln never get together; the little lad and that girl he saw off at the airport do.

But the day so many have been waiting for has finally come. On Wednesday, Curtis announced a belated sequel to the film – albeit with an abbreviated running time, and premiering on TV rather than at the cinema.

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The actor says the entertainment industry has no choice but to put aside political differences and ‘be constructive’

Matthew McConaughey has entered tricky political waters by appearing to endorse Donald Trump’s presidency, and suggesting that Hollywood needs to “embrace” it.

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In an interview on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show while promoting his new film Gold, Matthew McConaughey was asked  if he thought Hollywood and America’s cultural elite should give President Donald Trump “a break.”
“Well, they don’t have a choice now, he’s our President,” offered McConaughey. “And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him…

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