On Tuesday, Politico reported that CNN, the cable outlet seen by many as the least-trusted name in network news, decided to throw what amounts to a childish temper tantrum, announcing that it would boycott the White House Christmas Party. This prompted White House Press Secretary to announce on Twitter, “Finally, good news from @CNN.”
CNN said in a statement on the boycott:
“CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party. In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”
According to Politico:
The annual event, scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m., is typically seen as a time when reporters and their bosses can mingle freely with administration members, but Trump’s posture toward the press has been uniquely aggressive.
Since Trump began his run for office, CNN has been one of his favorite targets. He has often criticized the network as “fake news” and alleged that the network makes up stories.
Let’s not forget, it was CNN that hosted a panel which actually said everyone who voted for Trump is a “white supremacist by default.”
Past holiday parties have been off the record, but it’s not clear whether that’s the case this year. It was not specified in the invitation, and the White House has not responded to request for comment.
If possible, relations between the administration and CNN have grown even more fraught lately. Sources at the network told POLITICO that a Trump tweet last weekend criticizing CNN International was viewed as especially galling, because of the belief that it imperiled journalists working in dangerous locales or countries hostile to a free press.
But Sanders seems to have gotten the last laugh:
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017
We’re old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan could zing the Democrats and the press and still enjoy a cordial relationship with both at the end of the day. Actually, we’re so old maybe we just remember it that way out of nostalgia.
The rift between Donald Trump and the press, though — which began during the primary and has continued through such scandals as #KoiGate and #PieGate — is certainly real. We’ll confess we didn’t care much when President Trump announced he wouldn’t be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner (aka Nerd Prom), and we’re about as equally distressed to learn that CNN won’t be attending the White House holiday party for the media.
We’re old enough to remember that as well. We’re actually old enough to remember when grown adults worked for “news” outlets. But times have certainly changed.
Reaction on Twitter was predictable, as liberal hatemongers attacked Sanders while those in the reality-based community really didn’t seem to care much, but had a good laugh anyway.
"Awww, it's so sad that CNN is boycotting the White House Christmas party," said no one, anywhere, ever. https://t.co/CMF7aLjFS4
— Populo Iratus (@cmahar3) November 28, 2017
I’ve certainly never said that, and I don’t know anyone who has.
Oh what a *snort* shame https://t.co/s3KC9Ft0PT
— Wisconsin Irish James (@blackdoglurking) November 29, 2017
— I Am the NRA. (@MrsDigger) November 28, 2017
CNN is actually blowing an excellent opportunity here to make amends with the White House and repair some of the damage they’ve inflicted on themselves with viewers since the election. But that would require maturity — a trait that apparently doesn’t exist at the network.
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