Conservatives, media pundits and Twitter users alike took aim at CNN on Thursday, torching the news network over its coverage of the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s bombshell report and Attorney General William Barr’s press conference prior to the release.
Following Barr’s press conference ahead of the report’s release, CNN’s Mueller report coverage of was hosted by a nine-person panel, with the moderators being Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer.
The outlet’s “group therapy session” was widely mocked online, and few seemed to forget that their coverage over the course of the investigation was incorrect on a number of occasions. Some CNN viewers took to Twitter to levy digs against the news company.
Former game show host Chuck Woolery said that “they look[ed] foolish”:
CNN and MSNBC still trying Trump as we speak. they look Foolish.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) April 18, 2019
Newsmax host John Cardillo offered his condolences:
About to send flowers to CNN and MSNBC for the wakes they’re holding on air.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 18, 2019
The Washington Examiner even gave its take:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 18, 2019
CNN continued to get slammed on Twitter over its coverage of the events as the day continued.
Take a look:
There are about 10 people on CNN's special panel and about half acting like their head may explode at any second
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) April 18, 2019
Your meal has been served🤣 pic.twitter.com/MJuRKvWuIc
— Let’s Be Real🇵🇷 (@LetsBeRealSEA) April 18, 2019
CNN did not air @realDonaldTrump's reaction to the conclusion of a 2-year investigation into him and his campaign.
CNN is airing Democrat Jerry Nadler's presser after he claimed for 2 years that "there was collusion with people in the campaign and Russia."
— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) April 18, 2019
CNN has progressed from F****D to FU***D, only a matter of time until they've got the full word! pic.twitter.com/BCfqRnFYty
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) April 18, 2019
watching CNN is like peering in through the window of a group therapy session in which everyone keeps saying they're over X, but they can't stop talking about X.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 18, 2019
Yes, he actually said that.#FakeNewsCNN
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) April 18, 2019
CNN now claiming Mueller report is an explicit invitation to congress to impeach Trump. I don't know which doofus on their massive panel said it, but for all intents and purposes they're all the same person.
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) April 18, 2019
Eric Trump, the president’s son, took jabs as well, slamming the network as having a “full meltdown” that was “fun to watch.” Additionally, Donald Trump Jr. also got his shot in, wishing them “#BetterLuckNextHoax,” while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he “[felt] sorry” for CNN.
Check it out:
Full melt down at @CNN. Fun to watch. As I have always said, they would rather see our country fail than see my father succeed.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) April 18, 2019
It’s so much fun hate-watching @CNN right now. I don’t normally take joy in other people’s misery, but after the lies and discord they sowed for the past 3 years about my family and me I’ll make an exception today. #BetterLuckNextHoax guys. https://t.co/3X2HT0ow9M
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 18, 2019
Just for laughs I watched FAKE NEWS CNN anchors after Barr presser & actually feel sorry for them. They remind me why we so distrust media because they are truly blind to their irrational and blind hatred of @realDonaldTrump and ppl who voted for him. #FakeNewsMedia
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 18, 2019
Watch the clip from the full CNN panel here:
Barr gave a press conference on Thursday before the public release of the Mueller report, where he said that he would provide “the greatest degree of transparency” legally permitted.
The 400-page document was posted to the Justice Department’s website the same day as the press conference. As IJR Red previously reported, President Donald Trump joked that he was “having a good day” while hosting a Wounded Warriors event at the White House on Thursday.
Some lawmakers — including Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — have called for Mueller to testify publicly in front of both chambers of Congress, as IJR Blue reported.
While Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has asked for Mueller to testify, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has conversely said that he was “not interested” in having Mueller come up in front of his committee, as IJR Red noted.