President-elect Donald Trump compared the press to Nazis, called CNN "fake news" and got into a shouting match with a CNN reporter on Jan. 11 (video below).
Trump was holding his first press conference since winning the presidency when he went off on the media -- particularly CNN and BuzzFeed News -- for reporting that unverified memos said the Russian government had compromising information on him. Both CNN and BuzzFeed News stressed the memos were unverified, but Trump compared them to Nazi Germany:
I think it's a disgrace. And I say that's something Nazi Germany would have done and did do. I think it's a disgrace that information that was false and fake, and never happened, got released to the public. As far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they're going to suffer the consequences, they already are. And as far as CNN, going out of their way, to build it up.
According to Alexa.com, BuzzFeed has an enormous audience reach as the 63rd most popular website in the United States and the 192nd most popular site in the world.
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Trump himself has spread numerous lies and conspiracy theories about President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's father and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, noted NPR in May 2016.
After Trump finished his angry rant, he went back to questions from the press.
CNN's Jim Acosta shouted to Trump, "Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?" according to Mediaite.com.
Trump repeatedly refused, shooting back at Acosta: "Not you, your organization is terrible!"
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"You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?" Acosta asked.
Trump lectured Acosta on not being rude, finishing by saying: "No, I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news."
Acosta later told CNN host Wolf Blitzer that one of Trump's people threatened to kick him out, notes Media Matters:
I should also tell you that at one point during this news conference -- just in the interest of full disclosure and so everybody knows what’s going on and what was happening in the room -- after I asked, and I guess you might say demanded that we have a question, Sean Spicer, the incoming press secretary, did say to me that if I were to do that again, I was going to be thrown out of this press conference. Of course, Wolf, I had to persist there and try to get that question asked, but in the end, that question was asked.