A scrambling Jake Tapper was in full defense mode after President-elect Donald Trump blasted CNN as “fake news” during a news conference Wednesday.
At issue was a far-reaching BuzzFeed article that included a dossier detailing salacious, unsubstantiated rumors about Trump that CNN later commented on.
Sitting alongside colleague Wolf Blitzer, the desperate CNN anchor noted that incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer implied at the news conference that CNN published the dossier along with BuzzFeed.
“That’s not true. That’s false. CNN never did that,” Tapper insisted. “We never provided even one detail from that dossier except this morning when I said that there was reason to believe that one detail that had been out there because of BuzzFeed was false involving Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.”
Tapper went on to explain that what CNN did report was that a synopsis of the dossier was included in an intelligence briefing this week with the president-elect.
In further defense of his network, Tapper suggested Trump was trying to “discredit” CNN and tried to rally others in the media to their cause.
“When Mr. Trump went after our own Jim Acosta saying he is ‘fake news’ and he isn’t going to call on him, what I suspect we are seeing here is an attempt to discredit legitimate, responsible attempts to report on this incoming administration with irresponsible journalism that hurts us all and the media going forward should keep that in mind,” he said.
“I can understand why President-Elect Trump would be upset about it,” Tapper added. “That’s why we did not detail any specifics from it because it was uncorroborated and that’s not what we do. We are in the business of sussing out what is true and false.
CNN may also want to suss out that Donald Trump is quickly proving that he is not one to be trifled with.
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