CNN and several of its employees hit back at President Donald Trump after Trump questioned on Saturday why people around the world continue to get their news from "fake" CNN and said that he thinks Fox News is "MUCH more important."
According to Slate.com, the network's communications and public relations department responded in a tweet of its own, saying, "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"
@realDonaldTrump 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 🍎— CNN Communications (@CNN Communications)1511651431.0
"This was, of course, hardly the first time Trump has criticized CNN. But it does come at a significant time for the cable news channel’s parent company as the Justice Department on Monday sued to block AT&T’s bid for Time Warner," wrote Slate's Daniel Politi.
Several CNN personnel rallied to defend CNN International and their network overall.
"Thinking about @cnni and my brave and hard-working colleagues there who cover famines and wars and politics and terrorism and everything else. Amazing men and women, thank you for your continued excellence," wrote Jake Tapper.
Thinking about @cnni and my brave and hard-working colleagues there who cover famines and wars and politics and ter… https://t.co/Qxs0V6CzTn— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1511651107.0
Jim Sciutto joined the fray:
.@realDonaldTrump My @CNNi & @CNN colleagues regularly risk their lives in #Syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Niger and bey… https://t.co/0B00F679Sm— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto)1511650899.0
Inside the US, CNN’s reporting is protected by the First Amendment and the courts. Outside the US, US-affiliated jo… https://t.co/SrYUJmAjq6— David Frum (@David Frum)1511651490.0
Evan McMulin and others contributed their own messages of support for CNN and CNN International.
CNN International has long been an important example of the free press to the world. By attacking it, Trump is doin… https://t.co/qS4uj2zmuj— Evan McMullin 🇺🇸 (@Evan McMullin 🇺🇸)1511652961.0
Trump & Putin attacking CNN on the same day (with Trump specifically going after CNN Int'l, Putin's target) is beyond ugly & v. suspicious.— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1511660606.0
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews Just spitballing here, but what I’m seeing is @FoxNews isn’t shown outside the U.S. and C… https://t.co/BQbw07kl5x— NeverWasMyPresident (@NeverWasMyPresident)1511662990.0