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Trump: CNN In 'Total Meltdown Mode'

| by Robert Fowler

President-elect Donald Trump has once again blasted CNN. The president-elect has repeatedly derided the media outlet after it reported on his briefing on an intelligence dossier alleging that the Russian government holds compromising information against him.

On Jan. 12, Trump took to his Twitter account to accuse CNN of experiencing a ratings decline and sharing fake news stories, The Hill reports.

"[CNN] is in a total meltdown with their FAKE NEWS because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!" Trump tweeted out.

On Jan. 10, CNN had reported on an intelligence briefing that Trump and President Barack Obama had received on the Russian government allegedly holding compromising information on the president-elect. Later that day, Buzzfeed News published a copy of the unverified dossier detailing the accusations.

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On Jan. 11, Trump blasted both CNN and Buzzfeed during his first press conference as president-elect. During Trump's remarks, White House senior correspondent Jim Acosta aggressively asked if Trump could take one of his questions.

"No, I'm not going to give you a question," Trump responded. "You are fake news."

Acosta later asserted that incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer had threatened to throw him out of the press conference after his verbal exchange with the president-elect.

On Jan. 12, Spicer denied Acosta's version of events but stated that he had told Acosta that his conduct was "disrespectful, rude and unbecoming of someone addressing the president or president-elect of the United States."

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"I think he owes an apology to the president-elect … the president-elect doesn't stand down to anybody," Spicer told Fox News.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper has pushed back against both Trump and Spicer's criticisms of his media outlet, asserting that they have conflated CNN's reporting with Buzzfeed's publishing of the dossier.

In response to Spicer's call for Acosta to apologize, Tapper tweeted out "Nope. Nope. Nope. And absolutely not."

Shortly after Trump accused CNN of experiencing bad ratings, Tapper took to his Twitter once again to give a pointed response.

"@TheLeadCNN was #1 in its time slot in the demo Tuesday, thanks for watching folks!!" Tapper tweeted out.

On Jan. 11, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith defended CNN's reporting, asserting that Trump was unfairly linking their coverage to the Buzzfeed publication of the unverified dossier.

"CNN's exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property … it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards and that neither they nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States," Smith said.

Sources: Fox News (2), The Hill, Jake Tapper/Twitter (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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