President Donald Trump continued to attack and criticize the media during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (video below).
"Sit down, everybody," Trump said when he stepped up to the podium. "You know the dishonest media, they'll say, 'He didn't get a standing ovation.' They are the worst."
Trump went on to blast major news organizations as purveyors of "fake news," a term the president has often deployed to deride unfavorable coverage.
A transcript of the speech was published by The Daily Caller:
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I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It's fake, phony, fake. A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. Because they have no sources. They just make it up when there are none. They make up sources. They're very dishonest people. They did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people. They dropped off the word fake. That’s the way they are. I'm not against the media. I’m not against the press. I don't mind bad stories, if I deserve them. I love good stories. I don’t get too many of them. I am only against the fake news media or press.
Trump also described CNN as the "Clinton News Network" and accused it and other news organizations, like ABC and CBS, of using misleading polls to influence public opinion.
"As you saw, throughout the entire campaign, and even now, the fake news doesn't tell the truth," Trump said. "So, just in finishing, I say it doesn’t represent the people. It never will represent the people. We have to go out and speak our minds and we have to be honest."
Soon after Trump's speech concluded, Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron released a statement defending his paper's story on former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned after the Post published a story about his conversations with a Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions.
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"Everything we published regarding Gen. Flynn was true, as confirmed by subsequent events and on-the-record from administration officials themselves," Baron said, according to the statement which was tweeted by the Post's Erik Wemple. "The story led directly to the general's dismissal as national security adviser. Calling press reports fake doesn't make them so."