American journalists were furious Thursday morning after President Trump criticized CNN in response to a question overseas in Poland.
Daily Mail editor David Martosko asked Trump about the controversy surrounding CNN digging into the posting history of an anonymous Reddit user who claimed credit for the fake video of Trump body-slamming the CNN logo in a WWE ring.
“I think what CNN did is unfortunate for them. As you know they have some pretty serious problems. They have been fake news for a long time. They have been covering me in a very, very dishonest way. What CNN did – and what others did, NBC is equally as bad despite the fact that I made them a fortune with The Apprentice but they forgot that,” Trump said. “What I will say is that CNN has really taken it too seriously and I think they’ve hurt themselves very badly, very, very badly.”
Many in the media recoiled at Trump’s criticism of CNN, as well as Trump’s mild skepticism of American intelligence conclusions regarding Russia’s role in the election-related hacking, although the president did add, “I think it was Russia.”
“A trashing of the American press corps and Intel community in Eastern Europe of all places,” wrote MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, apparently disgusted with Trump’s answers. “Could Putin have asked for anything more?”