CNN is often the target of President Donald Trump’s ire, and Saturday was no different. The president sent out a tweet, referring to CNN as “fake” news and asserting that Fox News “is MUCH more important.” But CNN didn’t sit idly by, instead choosing to respond to the tweet directly.
Trump sent out a scathing tweet against CNN which also included a positive stance on Fox News.
The tweet read: “@FoxNews 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. The outside world does not see the truth from them!”
The communication team at CNN defended the network just a moment later and decided to take a shot at the president along the way.
CNN’s reply said, “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst.”
As reported by Business Insider, Trump has previously targeted CNN, referring to the network as “disgusting,” “dishonest,” “ratings challenged,” and “fake news.”
This week, Trump also challenged another major media outlet on Twitter, stating he “took a pass” at being named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” saying in a tweet, “Time Magazine called to say I that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway.”
Shortly thereafter, the magazine replied, saying, “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.”
Trump found himself at the center of another Twitter controversy for replying to a tweet that contained a link to the Magapill site, which stated it was “THE President Donald Trump Accomplishment List Website.”
The president replied, stating, “Wow, even I didn’t realize we did so much. Wish the Fake News would report! Thank you.”
Many Twitter users were quick to state that Magapill is “fake news” and a “conspiracy” site, and some associated the website with 4chan.
Not long after Trump’s tweet, the Magapill site appeared to be down, though has since come back up, with the site claiming they “suffered a major outage/attack and somehow our database was ‘deleted’ from the server.”