CNN’s Chris Cuomo seemed frustrated Wednesday as President Donald Trump tweeted about “anonymous sources,” “fake news” and what he deems a “witch hunt.”
“But you heard, ‘there’s nothing,’ ‘nothing came of it,'” said co-host Alisyn Camerota quoting Donald Trump Jr.’s defense. “So all us journalists who keep talking about it, who keep creating this firestorm, they’re going to go out.”
Brian Stelter noted that the White House is working to create its own counter-narrative. He cited Trump’s Wednesday morning tweet, “Remember, when you hear the words ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist.”
“Why don’t we address the president,” Stelter said. “That’s not true. We don’t make up sources, Mr. President. Who keeps telling you that we do? I would love to know who is telling him that.”
Camerota noted that people get fired when that happens and it becomes a national story. Cuomo called out the White House for loving the use of “unnamed sources” when the story fits their narrative.
“There are different levels of responsibility,” Cuomo explained before citing the Tuesday evening tweet. “We’ll deal with the president first: him calling this a ‘witch hunt’ when clearly it isn’t unless his son made all this up. If he didn’t make it all up, then we see that there was an effort on the part of someone who thought they were acting for the Russian government to try to infiltrate his campaign.”
Cuomo said that if Trump wants to call out the media he should start with his own friends. The New York Post began Wednesday calling Trump Jr. an idiot.
“The headline winds up being clear,” Cuomo continued. “Don’t attack the investigation, there’s some real things to follow up. Look what was done to your son.”