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CNN Mocks Trump Press Conference With Epic Tweet (Video)

CNN got back at Donald Trump on Thursday after the cable news network was the target of repeated attacks during a bizarre press conference by creatively trolling the president on Twitter.

Turn your sound up and watch President Trump conduct an amazing symphony — er, press conference https://t.co/NvBabma6MO pic.twitter.com/zsCztWPPtK

— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2017

The bold move by CNN’s social media team includes various hand gestures from the wild, 77-minute press conference during which Trump dubbed the network “very fake news.”

Also Read: President Trump Bashes ‘Out of Control’ Media: ‘I Inherited a Mess’

“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 on Thursday. “The press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

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

Trump then said he doesn’t watch CNN anymore and took credit for a recent spike in cable news ratings, but then said he watches CNN and doesn’t like the tone.

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

On Wednesday, 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.

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’s “Apprentice” reality show.

It will be interesting to see what Trump thinks of CNN’s video.

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CNN Trolls Trump by Tweeting Mocking Clip of Him Making Outlandish Hand Gestures to Music

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Trump ally defended claims of massive voter fraud on CNN. It did not go well.

The Kansas Secretary of State had no new information to offer.

CREDIT: Screenshot via Twitter/Kris Kobach

During his rounds on the Sunday morning political shows, White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller defended President Trump’s latest claims of massive voter fraud in New Hampshire. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to ask Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) for more evidence of voter fraud, so that’s exactly what CNN did on Monday. It didn’t go well for Kobach.

Host Kate Bolduan hammered Kobach for evidence to support Trump’s claims that thousands of people were bused from Massachusetts into New Hampshire to vote illegally. He explained that there were 6,000 people who registered to vote on Election Day with another state’s driver’s licenses — including 3,000 with Massachusetts licenses — but provided no evidence that they were not New Hampshire residents when they registered.

But Bolduan pointed out that this isn’t evidence of voter fraud and that even being registered in more than one state isn’t a crime so long as those voters only vote in one state. “Where is the evidence of this widespread rampant millions of people voting? If it had happened, why haven’t we seen it, secretary?” All Kobach could offer was nine cases from his home state of Kansas — only six of which have led to guilty pleas. “Six cases does not widespread rampant voter fraud make,” Bolduan pressed.

“You don’t have the evidence yet, Mr. Secretary,” she said, pointing out that analysis of those 6,000 voters won’t be completed until the end of the month. Kobach insisted, “We will know at the end of the month what percentage of those 6,000 are cases of people who do not actually reside in New Hampshire.”

“Then let us continue this conversation in one month,” Bolduan said, ending the interview.


Shortly after the interview, Kobach took to Twitter to complain that CNN was biased against him:

This image shows proof of @CNN bias. They run text below my picture claiming my statements are false. So much for letting the viewer decide.

 — @KrisKobach1787

CNN’s Brian Stelter countered that Kobach was misreading the chyron, as it was referring to Miller’s comments on Sunday, not his comments in the interview. Despite how Kobach courted Trump during the transition, he is not a Trump aide.

Earlier in the day, Kobach told Fox and Friends that he had personally spoken with President Trump about the problem of voter fraud. “Many of the people in Kansas have been voting in multiple elections we have found,” he said in that interview — “many” referring to the aforementioned six cases out of 1,184,399 votes cast in Kansas.

As the Washington Post’s Philip Bump uncovered, the only two stories of voter fraud arrests in New Hampshire over the past decade were both about New Hampshire citizens — one who voted in Salem despite being from Manchester, and one who ran for state representative in a district he no longer lived in. That’s it. There is no evidence that there’s ever been votes bused in from Massachusetts, let alone the thousands Trump claims.

UPDATE: Kobach did not fare much better in an appearance Monday with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. Cavuto accused him of chasing a ghost and at one point said, “ I don’t think you believe it. I think you’re smart at what you do and I think you find the whole too incredible to be believed.”


Trump ally defended claims of massive voter fraud on CNN. It did not go well. was originally published in ThinkProgress on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Spicer Disputes Report Staffers Teased Him With Super Soakers After McCarthy ‘SNL’ Sketch

Sean Spicer has refuted on his Twitter account a CNN report that staffers gave him “several” Super Soakers as a joke following Melissa McCarthy’s impression of him on “SNL.”

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter, who said on Twitter staffers made a gift of “several” Super Soaker squirt guns to the White House press secretary. In the sketch, McCarthy’s Spicer used a Super Soaker full of soapy water against a reporter in response to a question Spicer didn’t like.

Spicer took to Twitter to call Stelter out for the tweet, saying it was wrong and piling on with the repreated Trump administration claims that CNN is “fake news.”

And they would be wrong. Which is par for the course for you https://t.co/Ztp0UOcCiU

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) February 12, 2017

Stelter said the story came from CNN National Correspondent Sunlen Serfaty, who received the information from anonymous sources. Spicer didn’t seem like he was too bothered by the sketch. Trump, on the other hand, was very bothered by it, according to a Politico report. The thing that reportedly bugged Trump more than the joking portrayal of Spicer was the fact that he was played by a woman in the “SNL” sketch.

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A senior White House source tells CNN’s @SunlenSerfaty that staffers gifted @SeanSpicer with “several” super soakers this week pic.twitter.com/X62i0nYNXE

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 10, 2017

Politico reported that Spicer wanted to publicly joke about the sketch at a White House press briefing. Trump reportedly wasn’t fond of the idea, and shut it down.

The positive response to McCarthy’s initial appearance as Spicer led to her reprising the role in the “SNL” cold open on Feb. 11. Alec Baldwin, who played the role of Trump through the election and beyond, hosted the episode.

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So excited was the Internet by McCarthy’s first turn as Spicer that Twitter users began suggesting that Rosie O’Donnell should play Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The depiction would be a particular thumb in the eye for Trump. He has a longstanding feud with O’Donnell, calling her out during his debates with Hillary Clinton before the election. (O’Donnell, for her part, caught flak for retweeting a video suggesting Donald and Melania Trump’s son, Barron, suffered from autism.)

“SNL,” at least so far, hasn’t opted to bring O’Donnell on as Bannon.

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Apologizes for Comparing ‘Fake News’ Claims to the N-Word

Nothing fake about this — Chris Cuomo is in serious apology mode, after comparing the suddenly popular phrase “fake news” to an infamous racial epithet.

CNN anchor Cuomo took to Twitter on Thursday to issue his mea culpa, writing, “I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake — nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I apologize.”

He went on to write, “I want to thank you for calling me out for equating fake with other slurs. Wasn’t my intention to diminish but just saying it was too much.”

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According to EW.com, Cuomo equated the phrase “fake news” — which has become something of a rallying cry in the President Trump era — to the racial slur while appearing Thursday on Michael Smerconish’s SiriusXM POTUS show.

“I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the N-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity,” Cuomo said. “That’s what ‘fake news’ is to a journalist. It is an ugly insult, and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose. And the president was not right here, and he was not been right in the past.”

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Early Thursday, Donald Trump called out Cuomo by name in a post lamenting “fake news,” tweeting, “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!”

Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017

Read Cuomo’s apology below.

I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake -nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I apologize https://t.co/TJGUgWz9Q2

– Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2017

I want to thank you for calling me out for equating fake with other slurs. Wasn’t my intention to diminish but just saying it was too much. https://t.co/WxDSiQ90i3

– Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2017

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Samantha Bee praises CNN for serving ‘public interest for almost half a day’

At the opening of Wednesday’s Full Frontal, Samantha Bee had plenty of unsurprising Donald Trump-related topics to discuss, but she preferred to talk about something that did surprise her: the recent performance of CNN.

Beginning with a graphic that read, “CNN HAD A GOOD DAY,” the host shared her enthusiasm for the network’s last few days of coverage.

“First, after briefly banning Kellyanne Conway for being a flaxen-haired fountain of lies, CNN let her back through the gates, straight into Jake Tapper’s cage, and they haven’t fed him this week,” said Bee, leading into clips of Tapper firing hard at Trump’s claims of CNN being false news. “Damn, Jake. Wow. I didn’t think CNN let you use the f-word on the air.”

Her further delight over CNN coverage included Tuesday night’s debate of Obamacare that featured former presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, or, as she called them, “the socialist and the Slytherin.”

“This event that we expected to be a pointless train wreck actually ended up being a semi-thoughtful debate on the merits and flaws of America’s healthcare system,” she admitted. “I can honestly say, I’d give my left tit to have either one of you wonderful mansplaining pricks in the White House right now.”

She concluded, “We were watching CNN… and not just in an airport with the sound off. We saw you serve the public interest for almost half a day.”

Watch the video below.

Full Frontal airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

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Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz Debate Lifts CNN to Ratings Victory Over Fox News

Perhaps younger viewers are getting tired of round-the-clock Donald Trump coverage, as CNN’s “Debate Night: The Future of Obamacare” was the most-watched cable news program among the key news demo of adults age 25-54 on Tuesday night.

CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash moderated the debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, which averaged 2.46 million viewers and 932,000 viewers among the key demo. During the time of the debate, CNN beat Fox News by 29 percent in the demo while crushing MSNBC by 124 percent.

CNN’s debate kicked off at 9 p.m. ET as news regarding President Trump’s executive order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries was unfolding on Fox News. Federal appeals court judges were expected to determine whether to restore the travel ban, but more age 25-54 viewers wanted to hear Sanders and Cruz argue about health care instead.

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Fox News won the night and the time period among total viewers, as the network has done on a monthly basis since passing CNN in the category back in 2002.

But Tuesday’s debate ranked above all CNN non-election town hall premieres in both total viewers and adults 25-54. It carried CNN to a prime-time win in the demo over Fox News for the entire night, averaging 782,000 compared to 732,000 for FNC. Meanwhile, MSNBC finished third with an average of 385,000 demo viewers.

Sanders and Cruz were both unsuccessful in their attempts to emerge as their respective party’s presidential nominee during the primary race of 2016. Both men were essentially runner-ups, with Trump and Hillary Clinton facing off on Election Day.

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It’s interesting that demo viewers would care what two failed candidates have to say, but it’s also important to remember that they both remain prominent U.S. senators. Or, perhaps, viewers wanted to hear what someone other than Trump and his surrogates have to say. Either way, it’s a win for CNN and a sign that the network will probably host similar debates going forward.

Tuesday was a big day for CNN, as senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway admitted that the network is not “fake news,” despite the president’s constant attempts to discredit it.

“I don’t think CNN is fake news,” Conway told Jake Tapper. “I think there are so many reports everywhere — in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation that are not well researched and are sometimes based on falseness.”

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Anderson Cooper Thinks President Trump Watches Too Much CNN (Video)

CNN’s Anderson Cooper appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Tuesday, mocking President Donald Trump for watching too much cable news, saying, “He watches CNN all the time.”

Cooper said it’s not “in dispute at all” that Trump watches CNN, despite declaring it “fake news,” because he often comments in real time.

“He watches me on CNN more than my mom watches me on CNN,” Cooper joked.

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Cooper said he appreciates Trump tuning in but “there has to be something more important going on, you know, for the President to be doing.”

Earlier Tuesday, senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway admitted that the network is not “fake news,” despite the president’s constant attempts to discredit it.

“I don’t think CNN is fake news,” Conway told Jake Tapper. “I think there are so many reports everywhere — in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation that are not well researched and are sometimes based on falseness.”

The Trump Administration had been feuding with CNN on a regular basis, referring to it as “fake news.” The beef even made “Saturday Night Live,” when a recent skit depicted a CNN reporter locked in a cage during the mock Sean Spicer press conference starring Melissa McCarthy.

Check out the video above.

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