As President Donald Trump continues to lash out against media outlets that criticize him, a new report suggests that his feud with CNN is of a more personal nature.
New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman’s sources say that Trump is particularly hurt by the negative coverage that he receives from CNN because of his past relationship with network president Jeff Zucker.
“Trump complains that Zucker should be programming CNN more favorably toward him because of their long relationship, which can be traced back to 2004 when Zucker put The Apprentice on NBC,” writes Sherman. “Trump has also said to White House staffers that Zucker owes him because Trump helped get him the job at CNN.”
Trump made a point of refusing to answer a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta during his first official press conference as president, and he called out the entire network for allegedly being “fake news.”
“This is entirely personal,” one CNN source tells Sherman. “Trump thinks just because he’s known Jeff that CNN should be covering him like Fox News does.”