CNN decided to count up the number of times President Donald Trump has used the word “fake,” as an insult Wednesday.
CNN, referred to as “Fake News CNN” by the president, found that Trump has used fake at least once a day in the past year, according to an analysis by CNN Money. CNN Money relied on a website called Factba.se to filter through all of Trump’s speeches, public comments and tweets. Trump has used “fake” 404 times between his inauguration and Jan. 17, 2018, according to the research.
The president has long relied on the term “fake” to describe various outlets, journalists or books. He dubbed CNN as “fake news” during a press conference shortly after his inauguration and just recently referred to the book “Fire and Fury” as “fake.”
CNN, a long time target of the president, published various fake news stories last year. One story deemed “fake” was a June 6 article that alleged former FBI Director James Comey was going to testify against Trump’s claim that he had told him three times he was not under investigation. The CNN story was proven to be false when Comey’s testimony backed up Trump’s statements.
“The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published,” the outlet said in a correction.
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