CNN’s White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, has a very combative relationship with President Trump and the administration, so it was no surprise when the president released the ‘Fake News Awards’ Wednesday night that CNN was featured prominently.
The network has found itself in the midst of various PR nightmares since the Trump administration began, including the retracting, apologizing and firing of reporters who published misleading or fake news, of which the administration clearly took note.
The Fake News Awards released Wednesday night honored CNN four times:
- CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
- CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
- CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
- CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
When the awards were released, Acosta was at an event in Washington. He was told that CNN was featured heavily in the awards. His response, according to Politico, was to call Trump “The King of Fake News:”
An event on press freedom co-hosted by the Newseum and the Committee to Protect Journalists came to a screeching halt after an audience member mentioned mid-event that Trump released the awards. POLITICO’s Cristiano Lima informed Acosta that CNN was among the recipients, prompting the White House correspondent to fire back: “I would say, having been called fake news myself, the president is the king of fake news.”
American Urban Radio Networks correspondent, April Ryan, was also in attendance at the event and had this to say:
“Why do this now? This is not a joke.”
I mean, it kind of is a joke.