“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.Of course, this development should come as little surprise to anyone who has been paying attention given that Trump has constantly blasted CNN as a "Fake News" outlet ever since his heated exchange with Jim Acosta at a press conference on January 11th.
A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.
“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.
During Press Conference
In fact, since that fateful January 11th tussle, Trump's surrogates, including Conway, Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and even Vice President Mike Pence, have made the rounds on the major Sunday political talk shows, with the notable exception of CNN’s “State of the Union" hosted by Jake Tapper. Tapper noted the absence this past weekend:
"We invited the Trump White House to offer us a guest to provide clarity and an explanation of what the president just did, especially given so much confusion, even within its own government by those who are supposed to carry out this order,” Tapper said on Sunday as he introduced a segment about the Executive Order banning visitors from some countries and putting a hold on the United States’ refugee policy. "The Trump White House declined our invitation.”But 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 he’s answered 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 right."
Of course, Trump's stance toward CNN is not terribly different from how the Obama administration handled Fox News. That said, somehow we suspect the mainstream media will be slightly more outraged over Trump's treatment of CNN than they were over Obama's hostility toward Fox News over the years.
Blog Author's Comments: This is excellent that President Trump and his administration called out CNN for who and what they are, for those who did not know. CNN spent all their political credibility capital years ago. They broke themselves. Trump gave those propagandists a chance and they kept sniping. They only have themselves to blame. But, they are not the only 'news organization' that doctors facts to meet their agenda.
Most of them are all in for the liberal Democrats and it has come back to bite them. So many people no longer trust them. They will never report the news, they have to tell those who watch and listen to them, the low-information crowd, what to think and believe and apparently there are many of their viewers who do. CNN pushes non-stop radical leftist propaganda. They don't believe they have a duty to the people to report the truth and this will not change.
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