Trump tweets about CNN’s ‘Fake News’ as multiple false reports debunked

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On the 27th of November, President Donald J. Trump tweeted, “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks…is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!” (See tweet below.)

Five news organizations may be contenders for the president’s trophy, as the news media had a rough spell over the last week.

CNN published a story Friday morning, alleging that Donald Trump Jr. was given an advance notice of  hacked documents from the Democratic National Committee, which were about to be released by WikiLeaks. The story turned out to be false in that Trump Jr. was notified about the documents only AFTER they were publicly revealed.

Trump Jr. erupted on Twitter, calling CNN out for “fake news” soon after the fake story was published. He went at them again on Friday night, with several responses on the matter.

Saturday morning, President Donald J. Trump lashed out at the story as well. In a series of two tweets (combined here), the president wrote: “Fake News CNN made a vicious and purposeful mistake yesterday. They were caught red handed, just like lonely Brian Ross at ABC News (who should be immediately fired for his “mistake”). Watch to see if @CNN fires those responsible, or was it just gross incompetence? CNN’S slogan is CNN, THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. Everyone knows this is not true, that this could, in fact, be a fraud on the American Public. There are many outlets that are far more trusted than Fake News CNN. Their slogan should be CNN, THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS!”

Trump was referring to ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, who was suspended after reporting a false news story about General Flynn and President Trump last Friday. The report stated that Trump had instructed Flynn to contact the Russians prior to the 2016 election, leaving many to wonder if Trump would be in trouble with Special Council Robert Mueller.

ABC had to correct the report later, because Flynn’s contact came AFTER Donald Trump was elected, thereby making it unremarkable.

The ABC story started a rough patch for the media. After ABC’s blunder, on Tuesday Reuters and Bloomberg both reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had subpoenaed a Deutsche Bank relating to President Trump and his family member’s accounts. The report led to speculation that Mueller had expanded his probe into the president’s financial dealings.

The Wall Street Journal debunked the report, revealing that the subpoenas actually dealt with “people or entities close to Mr. Trump.”

Then came CNN’s false report about Trump Jr., which CBS News also ran with, until the Washington Post caught the error and published the correct details.

All told, over the past week the following news sites reported false stories:

  • ABC News
  • Reuters
  • Bloomberg
  • CNN
  • CBS

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