This past Wednesday, during his first press conference in the new year, President-Elect Trump ripped into CNN for running a story about a CIA briefing delivered to Trump that revealed serious allegations involving Russia.
At the center of the cross hairs was CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta who was shunned at the press conference and was denied a question after CNN was named along with Buzzfeed as an instigator of the "fake news" by Trump. The problem is Trump's assertions about CNN are exaggerated and false.
Unlike Buzzfeed who posted the entire 35-page elicit document, CNN merely mentioned the documents existence.
Since the press conference, journalists have signaled solidarity. Fox News' Shepherd Smith defended CNN, and explained that the network followed reasonable journalistic standards in their coverage of the story.
President-Elect Trump's tactic to vilify the press when reporters engage in any negative story about him delegitimizes the press and creates an smokey haze over their oversight of his presidency.
HOW TO USE YOUR VOICE:
Email the FOX Report with Shepard Smith and thank him for his defense of CNN and Jim Acosta!
Email Jim Acosta and thank him and CNN for their coverage!
When you write, you can use the following scripts:
SHEPARD SMITH script
Hello Shepherd, My name is [enter name here]. I would like to thank you for your broadcast this past Wednesday where you defended CNN and their Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta by acknowledging that no journalist 'should be subjected to belittling by" the president-elect. We need you and other journalists more than ever to cover the president-elect and hold him accountable. Our country's Freedom of the Press is a crucial tool in presidential oversight and we can't allow Donald Trump to bully away fair coverage of his presidency.
jim acosta and cnn's script
Hello Jim Acosta (and or CNN Management) My name is [enter name here]. I would like to thank you for your coverage of President-Elect Trump and offer my solidarity with you and your journalists. CNN's coverage of the recent Trump Dossier was fair, and I, as well as many Americans, consider Donald Trump's assertion that CNN is "fake news" to be 100% baseless. We need you and your network more than ever to cover the president-elect and hold him accountable. Our country's Freedom of the Press is a crucial tool in presidential oversight and we can't allow Donald Trump to bully away fair coverage of his presidency.