What is going on over at CNN?
The network that Trump has publicly smeared as “fake news” and an “enemy of the people” was just caught pulling some seriously shady moves to support Trump – and the result was painfully predictable: Trump screwed them.
In a baffling series of events, members of the press were invited to a closed door meeting at the White House where a “senior official” threw them some “leaks” about how Trump was softening on immigration. They duly reported the anonymous source’s information with bold headlines telling the American public that Trump had “pivoted.”
None of it was true.
For starters, the “source” was Donald Trump himself. He personally lied to the faces of several high profile journalists, including CNN’s Jake Tapper, a veteran of the news business who has spent months going after Trump’s lies and should know better. He got played, as did members of almost every major outlet. (Vox saw this coming yesterday and called BS.)
So today, with hat in hand, CNN’s John King explained that Trump made his own network look like completely morons and that perhaps they shouldn’t trust Trump any more.
Media Matters captured the surreal moment:
“Interesting twist, although it does make you wonder, so we’re not supposed to believe what the senior-most official at the lunch says, who then they allowed it to be the president’s name says, we’re not supposed to believe what they say, maybe we shouldn’t believe what they say.”
That sound you just heard was the rest of the country screaming “Duh!” in unison.
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