Trump versus CNN

President Trump has continued in his praise of Fox News and his condemnation of CNN, via Twitter of course, and just after his Justice department filed a lawsuit to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, which owns CNN.

Huffington Post: Fox News Is ‘Much More Important’ Than CNN, Trump Tweets

Donald Trump’s favorite news network is “much more important” than the often critical CNN, the president tweeted Saturday.

Just days earlier, Trump’s Justice Department filed a contentious lawsuit to block AT&T’s purchase of CNN’s parent company, Time Warner. The action raised concerns that the federal government is trying to silence CNN’s critical coverage of the president, rather than fears about a powerful media monopoly.

The tweet, and a response from CNN:

In a meeting before the lawsuit was filed, sources told The New York Times that the Justice Department had warned AT&T that either CNN’s parent, Turner Broadcasting, or DirecTV would have to be sold before the federal government would allow the planned $85.4 billion merger. CEO Stephenson has said he has no interest in selling CNN.

Earlier this year, Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg and said that 20 percent of the CNN staff should be fired because they were so “wrong” about the Trump campaign, sources told The Wall Street Journal. A White House official said the comments were not intended to be taken seriously, but they rattled Time Warner, the Journal reported.

The Justice Department says it is taking legal action because the combination of AT&T and Time Warner would create one of the biggest media monopolies in American history.

Jake Tapper noted that the timing of Trump’s tweet about CNN coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of a law that allows American media outlets in Russia to be registered as “foreign agents.” The law is in retaliation for the U.S. government’s request that the American office of the Russian TV network RT be registered as a foreign agent.

Norm Eisen, ethics chief for the Obama White House:

Friends of Trump:

7 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  November 27, 2017

    America is booming. CNN is yesterdays news. I wouldn’t say Fox is any better. But at least it gives Conservatives a voice.

    • George

       /  November 27, 2017

      Not relevant!
      Margaret Moss (New Zealander) died long before the CNN (Clinton News Network) began its anti Trump rants

    • Maureen is

       /  November 27, 2017

      I remember Margaret Moth, back in the day when CNN actually used to do reporting. What a disgraceful echo chamber it is today.

    • I remember as a teen watching a segment on her, 60 minutes or 20/20 I guess, had no idea she had passed on, what a hard b***h! (army term of endearment)

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  November 27, 2017

    Time POY

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 27, 2017

      Got fired for her trouble. More arse than class.