CNN has faced three major scandals over the past couple of days. The fake news story that three reporters resigned over, the CNN producer admitting that the Russia collusion story was just for ratings, and Van Jones admitting that the Russia collusion story was a “nothing burger”. CNN apparently is trying to turn the attention back to President Trump and when he called the media the ‘enemy of the American people’.
Wolf Blitzer brought it up in a conversation with Jeff Mason. “Have you raised the concern all of us in the news media have about the president calling us enemies of the American people? Because that is a very, very harsh statement and potentially very dangerous,” asked Blitzer.
“Well, that type of rhetoric is something that we have spoken about since he first said that, and many of you probably were at or watched the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and I addressed that then as well. That is rhetoric that we reject and is just not something that I think is helpful to the public discourse and it’s not, again, it’s just not something that’s true,” said Mason.
CNN’s Clarissa Ward made a similar argument on a different segment. “At what point does this become dangerous? And I’m not just talking about dangerous in terms of tearing at the social fabric, I’m talking about dangerous as in, a journalist gets hurt, because I can tell you working overseas, in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration, emboldened by the all-out declaration sort of war on the media,” said Ward.
“If I’m getting it in the neck, Chris, I can only imagine what someone like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible, Chris?” said Ward.