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CNN President: Donald Trump Wants To ‘Delegitimize Journalism’

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(Daily Caller) The president of CNN said Donald Trump wants to “delegitimize journalism.”

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Jeff Zucker defended his network’s decision to report on an unsubstantiated 35-page dossier that claimed the Russian government has comprising information about the president-elect.

“I actually think this was a pretty easy call in terms of its news value,” Zucker said. “The fact is, the top four intelligence chiefs of the United States decided to include in their briefing to the president and president-elect a two-page summary of allegations involving the president-elect. That is newsworthy by any definition.”

“We didn’t pass judgment on the allegations. We reported we had not been able to corroborate them. But the news was that the two most powerful people in the world had been briefed on the existence of these allegations.”

“It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” Zucker added.

“[The Trump administration’s] willingness and inclination to cherry-pick facts, conflate and inflate things, will make covering this administration very challenging. That means our role is more important than ever. We think that CNN has a job to do, which is to hold their feet to the fire. They may not like it, but they should respect it.”

“I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over. It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever.”

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  • David Pickles

    CNN complaining about PEOTUS and his administration cherry picking facts, vs CNN publishing unverified rumours as if they were facts, blatant bias during the election, and dodgy dealings with advanced viewings of questions for HRC. Pot, kettle, swamp-donkeys.

  • Andrea Lyn Johnson

    CNN deligetimized journalism.

  • JR

    CNN is a fixture in the “SWAMP” they should not get a seat at the Daily Press Briefings or at least change their front row seat to the LAST row.
    CNN’s reporting is a tired act of constant whining….just look and see what Don Lemon talks about on a daily basis…probably the MOST misinformed so called journalist EVER!!!

  • The problem with that is: Journalism would need to be legitimate in the first place.

  • MacJacMcCoy

    “CNN” and “Delegitimize” hmm why do those words sound familiar? They kind of sound like words I would have read in one of the many Russian hacked (Supposedly on the orders of Putin. For the purpose of getting Donald Trump elected, who is a secret Russian operative, which depending on how desperate your campaign… I mean Hillary’s campaign is, was either because he has business dealings over there and wants to get even richer, even though somedays u claim he’s actually lying about building things and in fact the only way he makes money is on endorsing products, like a prostitute, as someone from your network once claimed, or he’s not a Russian operative at all, he’s actually a Puppet of Putin’s whose strings are made out of blackmail, illegal business dealings, prostitutes, and urine) emails between your network, the DNC, and The Clinton Campaign.

    But YEAH! I’m with you CNN! Why on EARTH would anybody not consider your network a delegitimate source of news. It’s almost like. People. Are starting to. Hold “Journalists”. Accountable? WOW, UNACCEPTABLE! if there’s one thing I know, if anything is deplorable it’s that.