During the Bill Clinton administration, CNN rightly earned themselves the nickname “Clinton News Network” – and had Hillary Clinton won the presidency, they would’ve become that again. Heck – they even admitted on the air that they “couldn’t do any more” to help her than they already had.
Of course, she didn’t win, and CNN is stuck with an even bigger nightmare than Hillary losing – Trump winning. Who could forget their White House corespondent Jim Acosta being grilled by The Donald at his first press conference since the election? Heck, it was so embarrassing that even CNN couldn’t spin the truth on it.
And the news just got even worse for them…
The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.
A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.
“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.
Administration officials are still answering questions from CNN reporters. But administration officials including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway haven’t appeared on the network’s programming in recent weeks.
Spicer, speaking at an event at the George Washington University on Monday, denied that CNN was being frozen out, pointing out that he’s answered CNN’s questions in the regular daily briefings.
But, he added “I’m not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right.”
Good riddance to them. There’s already enough disinformation out there in the mainstream media smearing Trump.
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