CNN…you did it to yourselves. Consumers of real news knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point, the chief executive officer in President Donald Trump was going to say enough is enough and cut off any news organ that refused to tell the truth and persisted in distorting reality into actual fake news.
That moment came in Trump’s second week of presidency. According to Politico, CNN, the network Trump has battled for months as both his candidacy, and election were belittled about which stories were told badly and erroneously, will no longer be on the acceptable list for Trump administration officials to appear on political programming.
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.
That, of course, is not how the people at CNN see it.
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.
It wouldn’t be backlash for not telling the truth, would it? No. Trump wants to “cull” the herd…which is why InfoWars and The Gateway Pundit suddenly have White House correspondents. Sure.
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.”
And, that, is the point that the personnel at CNN refuse to accept as the truth.