Mr. President Elect Donald J. Trump, you are wrong in ignoring, maligning and falsely accusing a member of the national press corps because you are miffed and transferring your hurt ego in a way which goes against the spirit of the First Amendment.
I watched the first press conference by the President Elect since July on Wednesday.
Often during the campaign at such events I thought the national press corps was biased or had a jaundiced attitude coloring their freedom of the press duties. But yesterday, it was the man who will be sworn in to the highest office of the land in eight days from today who slighted not only the press, but the American people.
Trump was rightly upset with Buzzfeed publishing an unsubstantiated dossier, which has already seen portions debunked, in its entirety on its web site in the false sentiment of being transparent.
Where Trump went wrong was singling out CNN and its reporter Jim Acosta and applying the breach by Buzzfeed to CNN and Acosta. Referring to the network and Acosta as “fake news” was completely false and inaccurate.
Yes, during the campaign, at times, CNN did have a holier-than-thou attitude that was unbecoming and often seemed to be personally combative with the President Elect and his surrogates. I wrote and complained about it at the time – ‘Fess Up, Brianna.
This was not that case.
The network rightly reported that there was a two-page addendum to the intelligence briefing Trump and President Barack Obama received last week which noted there were allegations that Russia had obtained information and date on the President Elect in hopes of compromising his presidency and casting its legitimacy in doubt.
CNN steered clear of the scurrilous allegations.
It is one thing to refuse to answer a question, you do not like. It is quite another to throw a reporter out and bar him or her from their constitutional right to report and gather information to inform the public.
From the Cornfield, Mr. President Elect, in this case, you do owe both Acosta and CNN, the American public, an apology.
You allowed your mouth to run off before your brain was in gear.