During a press conference in Washington, D.C. Thursday afternoon, President Trump again took on CNN for their constant attacks against him.
While answering a question by CNN’s Jim Acosta, Trump scolded the major news outlet by telling them exactly why the public has lost faith in them:
— “The public, you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false, because they’re not involved. I’ve been involved with this stuff all my life. So I know when you’re telling the truth and when you’re not. I just see many, many untruthful things.”
— “And I’ll tell you what else I see. I see tone. The tone is such hatred. I’m really not a bad person, by the way — I do get good ratings, you have to admit that. But the tone is just hatred.”
— “I watched, this morning, ‘Fox & Friends,’ a couple of the networks. I have to say, ‘Fox & Friends’ in the morning — they’re very honorable people. Not because they’re good, because they hit me also when I do something wrong, but they have the most honest morning show.”
— [Talking directly to Jim] “You look at your show that goes on at 10 o’clock in the evening. That is a constant hit [against me]. The panel is almost always exclusive anti-Trump. The good news is, he doesn’t have good ratings. And the hatred and venom coming from his mouth, the hatred coming from other people in your network….”
— “The public gets it. Look, when I go to rallies, they turn around and start screaming at CNN. They want to throw their placards at CNN. I think you would do much better by being different. But you just take a look at some of your shows, in the morning and the evening. If a guest comes out and says something positive about me, it’s brutal.”
— “Now [CNN] will take this news conference... tomorrow they’re say, ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.’ I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You’re dishonest people. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it.”
— [After Jim told Trump he’s undermining the public’s faith in the media and asked ‘Why don’t you just say it’s a story you don’t like?”] “I do that. And you’re right about that, except this. See, I know when I should get good and when I should get bad. And sometimes I’ll say ‘Wow, that’s going to be a great story. And I’ll get killed.’ I know what’s good; I know what’s bad. And when they change it — make it really bad — something that should be positive, sometimes something that should be very positive, they’ll make OK. They’ll even make it negative. I want to see an honest press.”
— “It’s so important to the public to get an honest press. The public doesn’t believe you people anymore. If you were straight, and really told it like it is...I would be your biggest booster. I would be your biggest fan in the world, including bad stories about me.
— “You’ve got to be at least a little fair. And that’s why the public...sees it’s not fair. You take a look at some of your shows, and you see the bias, the hatred, and the public is smart. They understand it.”
— [After Jim talks about Trump calling CNN fake news] “I’m changing it from fake news, though — very fake news.”
The press conference audience roared with laughter.
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