President-elect Donald Trump went hard after CNN on Wednesday, and had more than a few harsh words for BuzzFeed too, in his first major press conference since he won the presidential election.
“At one point, the president-elect shouted down CNN reporter Jim Acosta, labeling the cable news network as ‘fake news’ for its report that U.S. intelligence agencies had briefed the incoming president and President Obama with allegations that Russian operatives claim to have potentially compromising personal and financial information about Trump,” USA Today reports, noting: “What played out could suggest contentious times ahead for mainstream media outlets while covering the incoming administration.”
BuzzFeed, which published the 35-page classified document on its site as part of its coverage, earned even more scorn. “Trump described the classified report as ‘false and fake and never happened’ and called BuzzFeed a ‘failing pile of garbage. Writing it, I think they are going to suffer the consequences,'” USA Today reports.
Variety notes that Trump told Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, “Your organization is terrible,” and “You are fake news!” in response to an attempt by Acosta to get a question answered by Trump.
Variety notes that CNN released a statement after the press conference in which the network said: “We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.”
The CNN statement adds: “We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”