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by Stephen Lendman
CNN operated as the Clinton News Network throughout the political season, delivering disgraceful one-sided election coverage, press agent journalism, not the real thing.
At his Wednesday news conference, Trump justifiably blasted the network as “fake news,” a “terrible” organization, refusing to take a question from its reporter-impersonator Jim Acosta.
His incoming press secretary Sean Spicer criticized Acosta for his offensive conduct, tweeting “(r)egardless of party,@acosta behavior was rude, inappropriate and disrespectful. He owes @realDonaldTrump and his colleagues an apology.”
Senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway tweeted MSNBC’s “Morning Joe Attacks CNN, Buzzfeed report on Trump and Russia: ‘There’s No Story Here.’ “
Trump should have gone much further than just excoriating CNN and BuzzFeed for willfully reporting misinformation. He should continue what he did effectively while campaigning. Blast all media scoundrels as fake news proliferators.
They’ll keep attacking him viciously once in office, whether justified or not. They won’t give him a moment’s peace. No skin is thick enough to take it without responding appropriately.
NYT editors disgracefully called his straight talk press conference “bombastic, vain and slippery,” claiming he displayed “petulance and braggadocio…He ducked and dodged when reporters asked whether he or members of his staff colluded with Russia before the election…”
This from the self-styled newspaper of record, serving as Hillary’s press agent throughout the 2015-16 political season, bashing Trump relentlessly daily, continuing its deplorable viciousness.
The Times gave feature op-ed space to neocon extremist Max Boot. He blasted Trump irresponsibly, suggesting he may be “a modern Manchurian candidate.”
He claimed fabricated accusations of Russian US election hacking to help him defeat Hillary are true. He suggested thoroughly debunked allegations about Russia having compromised material on him may be accurate.
“(A) Watergate-style scandal (may) engulf the Trump presidency…Just because the allegations are unproven…does not mean they are all false,” he ranted.
Media scoundrels are frantic over possible improved Russia/US bilateral ties with Trump succeeding Obama. 
They want adversarial relations continued, no softening whatever in the interest of world peace, security and stability.
Media scoundrels are on the wrong side of virtually all issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones.
Trump should blast them all as illegitimate purveyors of fake news. Keep tweeting to get your message across without misquotes, distortions, deletions or other ways of trying to undermine you.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.