CNN responded on Monday to President Donald Trump's latest attack in which he called for the cable news network to compete for a “FAKE NEWS TROPHY.”
“The president is once again in one of these modes where he is assaulting the free press,” senior media correspondent Brian Stelter said in reaction to the president's tweet earlier on Monday calling for news networks, except Fox News, to compete to show which is “the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me).”
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
“I think it's astonishing for any leader, any public official. Right now, it's President Trump, but if this were any U.S. president, or frankly head of state from any other country, we would be equally shocked by the kind of rhetoric we see,” he added.
Trump over the weekend also slammed CNN, claiming Fox News's work “is MUCH more important” in the U.S. while also stating CNN's international coverage represents “our Nation to the WORLD very poorly.”
CNN anchor John Berman defended the network's international reporters, saying, “CNN international has some of the greatest reporters in the world, who are in war zones, covering famines, human suffering, refugees crises around the world and President Trump choose to talk about them.”
Stelter concluded by stating that Trump's attacks on the media are a part of a pattern: “If it's positive for him it's real, if it's negative for him it's fake.”
Watch the full segment below, via CNN.