CNN cemented its laughingstock status this week when it cut the feed of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) when the former presidential candidate jokingly referred to the network as “fake news,” in an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s hilarious press conference declaration.
Now, Trump has taken to Twitter to seize a golden opportunity to blast his least favorite propaganda peddler: “While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!” he wrote.
In a desperate bid to maintain an illusion of credibility, the CNN PR account replied to Trump on Twitter with a transcript of the Erin Burnett interview of Sanders.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 12, 2017
It is unclear how CNN expects a transcript of the interview to debunk Trump’s claim that the network faked technical difficulties as a panicked response to Sanders’ “fake news” utterance. It shows Burnett claiming to have “lost connection” to Sanders before cutting to a commercial break by playing a sound bite from Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.
When the program returns on air, Burnett states: “We are back. Senator Sanders is back with me and I want to apologize to our viewers obviously for that technical issue. And Senator, you had just been talking, joking about, you know, CNN fake news but obviously the reports about General Flynn…” before Sanders interjects.
It seems pretty clear what happened on CNN that night, but as could be expected, a legion of mindless drones has surfaced on Twitter to protect the network’s honor.
“NO ONE THINKS CNN IS FAKE BUT YOU!” one Twitter user wrote, apparently oblivious to the fact that CNN is one of the least-trusted cable news networks at a time when very few Americans trust the mainstream media at all.