U.S. President Donald Trump has blasted all of the prominent networks for their coverage of his administration, singling out CNN as the source of much of his ire. The president set aside Fox News, a network that he has repeatedly praised.
On Nov. 27, Trump returned to the White House after a Thanksgiving vacation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The president swiftly took to social media to suggest that all of the media outlets that were critical of him should compete for the dubious distinction of "Fake News," The Independent reports.
"We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me)," Trump tweeted out. "They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!"
Minutes later, Trump responded to criticism of MSNBC television hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who had pre-taped a segment of their morning show and performed it as a live recording.
"The good news is that their ratings are terrible, nobody cares!" Trump tweeted out.
The president has frequently criticized prominent media outlets for their coverage of him, sometimes accusing them of outright fabrications.
On Jan. 11, Trump's feud with CNN escalated after the outlet reported on a dossier alleging that the Russian government was leveraging compromising information about him. During a press conference, Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, according to The Guardian.
"Not you," Trump told Acosta. "Your organization is terrible. ... I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news."
On Nov. 25, Trump tweeted out from Mar-a-Lago that the global community should not believe in CNN's international reporting.
"[Fox News] is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly," Trump wrote. "The outside world does not see the truth from them!"
CNN Communications directly responded to Trump's social media missive, stating: "It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S. to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news. #Facts First."
On Oct. 18, a Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 46 percent of registered voters believed that news media fabricated some stories about the Trump administration while 37 percent believed that they did not, Politico reports.
On May 18, a study conducted by Harvard University's Shorenstein Center found that media coverage of the Trump administration between January and April 2017 was overwhelmingly negative, with 93 percent of CNN and NBC's reporting on the president negative in tone. Fox News was by far the least critical of the Trump administration, with only 52 percent of its coverage deemed negative, according to The Washington Post.