[1/12/17] Is this any way to start off a relationship?
Nine days before CNN parent Time Warner will have to negotiate with Donald Trump’s antitrust cops, the cable news network got a dressing down by the President-elect.
“Quiet, quiet,” Trump admonished when it was clear the journalist would not be chosen for a question.
As Acosta persisted, Trump said, “Don’t be rude.” When that didn’t work, Trump barked: “You are fake news.”
The confrontation grew from a controversial story CNN published Tuesday about Trump being presented at a Jan. 6 meeting with intelligence experts a two-page synopsis with allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information on the president-elect.
Both Trump and Russian authorities called the claims nonsense.
While Trump’s rebuke was stark enough, it came as his Justice Department will start to investigate the antitrust implications of AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner.
Trump said on the campaign trail that he wouldn’t approve the deal.
It was much debated in media circles if the press conference run-in would move the needle on Trump’s stance.