Published on January 31st, 2017 | by Claude Saravia0
Trump Blacks Out CNN
The White House will no longer send any spokespeople to any CNN shows but will still reportedly answer questions from CNN reporters at press conferences.
President Trump has had a poor relationship with the network for most of the election cycle, but things have gotten worse since he was elected as the 45th President of the United States. He has labeled the network’s coverage of him as biased and unfair.
Trump also referred to CNN as fake news” – a term which gained prominence during the election. Fake news refers to a network, newspaper or website which deliberately publishes hoaxes, propaganda or disinformation. Sifting Through the Trash is a website originally designed to combat fake news, which is a concept that actually been around for years but only recently became a mainstream term. We do that by sifting through all of the trash in the media landscape and combing through it to find the truth.
A CNN reporter, speaking to Politico on background, stated that 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.
CNN thrives on their political coverage, often neglecting other news entirely, and losing access to the White House could be quite damaging to the network.
The White House is not denying the move and hinted that it could be temporary.
“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 necessarily permanent.
New York Magazine recently reported that Trump’s feud with CNN goes beyond their unfair coverage and linked it to CNN chief Jeff Zucker. Zucker has known Trump for over a decade and got The Apprentice onto the NBC lineup.
During New York Magazine’s interview with Zucker, he stated he’s not worried about getting access to Trump.
“I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over,” Zucker said. “I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever.”
“One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus — and that’s CNN,” he noted.
Here at Sifting Through the Trash, we think that by the White House stating that it is only looking for networks which promote their own agenda, The White House is effectively admitting that they are looking for networks that will push their “propaganda” and limit those that harshly critique their policies.
This was a definite warning shot to not only CNN but the media as a whole. It is a smart move on Trump’s part as many networks simply cannot afford to lose access to the White House. CNN will survive and our bet is the ban won’t last long but smaller networks need the ratings or they could fold. No matter how you look at it though, it is yet another blow to Freedom of the Press.
Trump’s business acumen gives him a leg up on dealing with the media and hitting them where it hurts – financially. Ratings equal advertisements. Advertisements equal paychecks for reporters.
Since taking office, Trump has shaken up how the White House deals with the press in general.
If we look back at the first press conference, the President already bucked years of tradition by selecting the NY Post and the Christian Broadcasting Network for the first questions. Traditionally the first question has always went to the Associated Press.