How do you ‘delegitimize’ something that is already ‘illegitimate’? Check out this crazy interview with CNN Worldwide’s President, Jeff Zucker.
New York Magazine reporter, Gabriel Sherman, sat down with Jeff Zucker of CNN to discuss CNN’s handling of Trump in light of the Trump/Jim Acosta exchange.
SHERMAN: When you have the president-elect saying, “Don’t trust CNN, it’s fake news,” is that harmful?
ZUCKER: It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy. I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad.
SHERMAN: Over the weekend, it was reported that Trump is considering moving reporters out of the West Wing. How worried are you about Trump’s attacks on the press?
ZUCKER: As Tim Russert said, the role of the media is the accountability of government. I think the press plays a much more important role in this administration. Their willingness and inclination to cherry-pick facts, conflate and inflate things, will make covering this administration very challenging. That means our role is more important than ever. We think that CNN has a job to do, which is to hold their feet to the fire. They may not like it, but they should respect it.
Read more: New York Magazine
And now, it’s time to juxtapose.
It’s the Media (D)’s job to not be ‘sycophants’ but ‘skeptics’ said Obama at his last White House Press Conference.
President Obama began his final press conference on a surprising note. Despite “not liking all of the stories you’ve filed,” he told the gathered White House press corps that it’s you’re duty to ask “tough questions” and not be “sycophants.”
Too bad reporters were apparently not paying attention.
What followed was one softball after another, with rhetorical foot massages sandwiched between.
“Thank you, Mr. President,” each reporter began.
“It’s been an honor,” said another, before literally making the “call me” expression while pointing at her cellphone.
Read more: Grabien
(Check out the above link to watch a montage of the softball questions the sycophant Media (D) lobbed at BHO at the last presser.)
Does Obama really believe in a fair and unbiased Media?
He has blamed Fox News for his failures as President because it’s much easier than blaming himself.
And it wasn’t just Fox News.
Obama snubbed Conservative Media in general.
What did Jeff Zucker of CNN have to say about Obama’s behavior towards Fox News and Conservative Media?
Yeah, we thought so.