In the wake of a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of CNN’s New York bureau for five hours today following the discovery of an explosive device, CNN chief Jeff Zucker lashed out at the White House for a “total and complete lack of understanding” of the seriousness of its attacks on the media, the AP reports.
“Feelings were raw at the cable network because of a what it believed was a reluctance by the administration to discuss CNN as one of the targets of crude devices sent to political leaders, and the delivery of a fundraising email that attacked CNN that arrived in inboxes of supporters as the story unfolded. Trump’s campaign later apologized for the email,” the AP reports.
Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide, is quoted saying: “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
The report notes that the package sent to CNN was “in one respect a case of mistaken identity.”
“The package that included the explosive device and an envelope containing white powder was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic,” the AP notes. “Brennan is actually a contracted analyst at NBC News, although the package’s street address was for the Time Warner Center in New York’s Columbus Circle, where CNN’s offices are.”
CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow were on the air this morning reporting on the suspicious packages sent to political leaders when an alarm went off in their building, prompting them to evacuate. Some of the ensuing chaos is captured in a report posted by Inside Edition, below …