As soon as the long-awaited press conference from President-elect Donald Trump wrapped up this afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper took on the day’s speakers and main players for their treatment of his organization.
First, he addressed incoming press secretary Sean Spicer, who insinuated that CNN had also published the dossier of unverified reports on the President-elect that Buzzfeed posted last night. In reality, CNN reported that it existed and that Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on its existence; only Buzzfeed released the document itself. Tapper noted as much in his broadcast.
“CNN never did that. We never provided even one detail from that dossier,” Tapper said. “That conflation — whether it’s because Sean Spicer misunderstood or some other reason — that’s not true. CNN did not do that.”
You can see the report that they ran — which appeared before the Buzzfeed report — here.
He moved on to say that CNN has spent “more than half a day” asking the Trump camp for a comment and receiving nothing, which happened again at the press conference in a very dramatic way.
“When Mr. Trump went after our own Jim Acosta, saying he’s ‘fake news’ and he isn’t going to call for him, what I suspect we are seeing here an an attempt to discredit legitimate, responsible attempts to report on this incoming administration with irresponsible journalism that hurts us all and the media, going forward, should keep that in mind,” Tapper stated, referring to Trump’s refusal to call on a CNN reporter at the event.
Then, he turned to Buzzfeed itself, calling the organization’s choice to put “uncorroborated information” online “irresponsible” for the second time today.
“That’s why we did not publish it and why we did not detail any specifics from it, because it was uncorroborated and that’s not what we do,” he said carefully. “We’re in the business of sussing out what is true and what is false.”
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