On Wednesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference in six months, setting the tone for his presidency. The conference covered a range of topics including cabinet picks, legal measures to prevent potential conflicts of interest, and healthcare.
Specifically, he decided to take down the media outlet responsible for publishing unconfirmed information.
"BuzzFeed is failing pile of garbage," Trump proclaimed nearly an hour into the press conference. "I think they’re going to suffer the consequences... they already are."
"Since you’re attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question?" CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta pressed the president-elect.
"No. Not you. Not you. Your organization is terrible," Trump responded. As Acosta persisted, Trump said, "Quiet. Don’t be rude. Don’t be rude. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news."
CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than BuzzFeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.
Trump calls BuzzFeed: “Failing pile of garbage." CNN: “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 11, 2017
New era, people.
CNN is "disgraceful." Buzzfeed is a "failing pile of garbage." He invokes Nazi Germany... but isn't this how book burning begins?— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 11, 2017
Regardless of what you think of BuzzFeed's decision to publish, if one news org is excommunicated for unfavorable coverage all of us can be.— Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) January 11, 2017
Trump says "don't be rude" immediately after calling Buzzfeed a "pile of garbage." #TrumpPressConference— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) January 11, 2017
Trump calls BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage” which is wildly unfair as we are a succeeding pile of garbage.— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 11, 2017
That's MISTER failing pile of garbage to you— Ned Fulmer (@nedfulmer) January 11, 2017
This is the scariest moment in American history. I am having a hard time even smiling when I think of Trump drinking a warm glass of piss.— Sean O'Connor (@seanoconnz) January 11, 2017
So odd how Trump constantly projects: he hates "fake news" (which contributed to his win), and "Nazis" (who openly supported him in his run)— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 11, 2017
Are we still looking at what's in his heart, or...— Ratings Machine JPM (@longwall26) January 11, 2017