President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at a days-old New York Times report on his TV watching habits — but only after CNN did a segment on the Times’ report on Monday morning.
The original Times report, which was published on Saturday, claimed that Trump watched at least four hours of cable news per day — and sometimes his cable news viewing can stretch as far as eight hours in a day.
“Another false story, this time in the Failing @, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day,” Trump angrily tweeted. “Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’ Bad Reporting.”
Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2017
However, conservative Drew McCoy pointed out that Trump only reacted to the Times report shortly after CNN did its own segment on it in the last half hour of its “New Day” program.
This story came out over the weekend but CNN did a segment on it in the last half hour of their morning show.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) December 11, 2017
The internet had a field day with Trump’s denials that he watched CNN even as he appeared to directly respond to a CNN segment — check out the top reactions below.
How do you know he’s so dumb if you never watch him? #impressive
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) December 11, 2017
This story is two days old. You’re seeing it now because it’s being reported on TV. https://t.co/sEKu7jDrWD
— 139 days ago Trump promised 24-hr Hezbollah answer (@MattNegrin) December 11, 2017
shitposting on Don Lemon during a failed terror plot might be peak MAGAdook
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) December 11, 2017
Being president is hard work, after golfing, tweeting and eating Big Macs you barely have time to watch eight hours of television per day.
— Steve Bannon (@PRESlDENTBANNON) December 11, 2017
What, you seldom if ever watch CNN!! So why are you so often attacking specific stories that you saw on CNN?
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) December 11, 2017
Discrediting the news every day is really getting old. We didn’t have this “fake news” problems until we got a “fake president”.
— Don’t Leave Blank (@WTFisGoingOnDon) December 11, 2017