President Trump has a long–lasting feud with new channel, CNN, and has openly labeled it as fake news which started all the way back in January. The feud started when Trump refused to answer any questions during a press conference that was asked by CNN reporters claiming that their organization is horrible and that they present fake news.
These accusations seemed surprising as CNN is known as one of the worlds major broadcasting channels and has recently had a major boost in terms of digital and social spectrums due to investments. However, CNN is not new to media feuds as they have, on multiple occasions attacked BuzzFeed on Twitter regarding their business performance. CNN put together a two–page report od memos that contained allegations against Trump which was presented to Barack Obama as classified material. After CNN had presented this report on air and online, Buzzfeed printed the content of the classified documents without them even being verified by their own team. CNN then reacted by claiming that they were aiming to point out the president's breach of the First Amendment and said that they did not plan to publish the memos before they were supported by evidence but invited Trump and his team to challenge any allegations they thought were untrue. Trump then accused CNN of reporting fake news at a press conference thereafter.
Reported Jake Tapper then claimed that Trump's response was concerning as it seems as if he is making attempts to dodge legitimate and accurate reports to replace it with "irresponsible journalism" that presents his team in a more favorable light. It is the duty of the President to deal with the media and answer questions posed by reporters. Trump took his typical route of dealing with problems by sparking a Twitter debate by tweeting: “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favourite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”
CNN fought back, tweeting: “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst”.
Surely there should be more effective ways for the President to tackle fake news and media misrepresentation!