President Trump on Monday addressed an erroneous report with a Twitter attack on the “Failing” New York Times, as well as CNN host Don Lemon, who he proceeded to call the “dumbest man on television.”
“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’ Bad Reporting,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017
Over the weekened, a Times report claimed the president maintains an obsessive hardcore diet of television media, as well as chugs a whole 12-pack of Diet Coke – everyday.
Another claim alleged is that the president “sometimes ‘hate-watches’ CNN to get worked up, especially Don Lemon,” despite consistently labeling the network “fake news,” and at one time dubbing it “very fake news.”
In a tweet last year, President Trump praised former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino for going head-to-head with Lemon, whom he referred to as a “lightweight” and “dumb as a rock.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016
The president’s provocative remarks toward the usual fake news suspects follows a week of bad reporting and retractions from numerous media outlets.
After an inaccurate report last week filed by ABC’s Brian Ross cost the reporter his job, Reuters and Bloomberg were next to carry a false report claiming that Deutsche Bank had issued a subpoena on President Trump’s bank accounts, which was later debunked by the Wall Street Journal.
CNN was next to issue a “correction” on a report after it claimed that Donald Trump Jr. had received exclusive access to Wikileaks emails before they were released, but it was later pointed out that the emails were from a later date and already publicly available.
On Monday, CNN was again criticized on social media for focusing on Trump’s reported soda habit, instead of a terror attack that struck the New York City subway system.
CNN first with the important news even amidst an attempted terror attack in New York. pic.twitter.com/vOgExAVUR3
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 11, 2017
@cnnbrk there was a terrorist act in NYC and CNN was reporting on how many diet cokes the President drinks?
— evita alexiades (@EAlexiades) December 11, 2017
8:45, more than an hour after the pipe-bomb story broke, CNN was busy with Trump’s diet Coke. Note the ticker at the bottom right of “NYPD responding” pic.twitter.com/x2miM3LnLm
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 11, 2017
@CNN We interrupt our story on the suicide bombing in NY subway to update the current tally on President Trump's daily consumption of diet cokes! We now return you to our regular broadcasting! pic.twitter.com/tv83FeIZXi
— Eddie B. (@edbenson98) December 11, 2017
CNN under fire for gossiping about Trump’s soda habits instead of covering the attempted NYC terror attack this morning pic.twitter.com/w8DiwSpGsy
— Cernovich Media (@CernovichNews) December 11, 2017
As pointed out by the Daily Caller, Trump has at least on one occasion congratulated Lemon for conducting a fair and professional interview. Maybe there’s hope for him after all.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015
UPDATE: CNN responded to the president’s comments on their reporter with a statement Monday calling Trump a “bully.”
“In a world where bullies torment kids on social media to devastating effect on a regular basis with insults and name calling, it is sad to see our president engaging in the very same behavior himself. Leaders should lead by example,” a CNN statement to the Washington Examiner reads.