Trump Calls BuzzFeed ‘Pile of Garbage,’ Refuses to Take CNN Reporter’s Question at First Press Conference

Trump Bizzfeed Pile of Garbage
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Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months.

“BuzzFeed is failing pile of garbage,” Trump said almost an hour into the conference, which covered a wide variety of subjects, including healthcare, his cabinet, and Russian hacking.


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Trump Clashes With Media at First Press Conference

“I think they’re going to suffer the consequences,” Trump said of BuzzFeed. “They already are.”

From the crowd of reporters, Jim Acosta, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, began to press Trump for a question: “Since you’re attacking our news organization, will you give us a question?”

“Not you,” Trump replied. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

CNN later released a statement in response to Trump’s cries of “fake news,” saying his team is “using BuzzFeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.”

“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.”

The New York press club also weighed in with a statement addressed to Trump. “The New York Press Club respectfully calls on you to end this practice of exclusion,” wrote the club’s president, Steve Scott. “We urge you to accept and answer questions from all journalists.”

Trump’s comments come after BuzzFeed published an unsubstantiated report that included salacious details about Trump’s behavior in Russia. BuzzFeed’s CEO Jonah Peretti sent an email, acquired by Variety, to staff on Wednesday after the press conference, to explain that the media company would not respond to Trump’s recent comments, and would stand by the decision to publish the dossier.

Hi BuzzFeeders,

I wanted to make sure you all saw Ben’s email about BuzzFeed News’ decision to publish the dossier alleging Trump’s ties to Russia. We stand with Ben on his decision to publish this newsworthy document, which was reported on by multiple news outlets and seen by high level government officials including the president and president-elect.

As a result of this decision, we were criticized by the incoming administration. We are not going to respond to these divisive comments, which put us in great company by the way — The New York Times, CNN, and The Washington Post have all been attacked. So has Meryl Streep and the cast of Hamilton, but we’d never compare ourselves to people that talented. ;)

We are going to keep doing what we do best, which is deliver impactful journalism.

Thank you for your ongoing hard work.

“BuzzFeed Runs Unverifiable Trump-Russia Claims #FakeNews” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning he followed up by tweeting, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

When asked during the press conference to expand on his tweet that referenced Nazi Germany, Trump said that publishing an unverified report is “something that Nazi Germany did and would do.”

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  1. Odd. I don’t remember the Press Club or Variety taking President Obama to task for refusing to answer questions from Fox News. Guess freezing out a news organization is ok, when it’s liberals doing it.

  2. cadavra says:

    The worst thing is that these reporters are like abused wives: Trump gives them a beating, and then they come back for another. Pathetic.

  3. Griffin Sabine says:

    That was no press conference. That was a sham…just another one of the imbecile’s carefully orchestrated shell games. Answering questions from Breitbart and other scripted right wing sites and other right wing media outlets and NOT answering questions from CNN is NOT a press conference. This conman is a sham…a national embarrassment…and he is a danger to every one of us, this nation and the world.

  4. TrumpGoAway says:

    I’ll only believe Trump if he flat out turns around and refuses to do dealings with Russia and kicks out his Russian-ties cabinet members. But so far, his Tillerson pick for Secretary of State, and everything Trump says, which sound like love kisses to Putin, says to me there is probably some truth in those memos. Tillerson at senate hearings very suspicious regarding Russia as well. At the very least, if not blackmail, there is big money at stake for Trump. If these are absolute lies, then Trump would distance himself from Russia in the face of these allegations, and admit that Putin is an autocrat, war criminal, and violator of human rights. So far, however, Trump sure is acting like “The Siberian Candidate”.

  5. dollface says:

    I can’t tell you how satisfying it was to watch the arrogant and elitist press be called out for their lies and political propaganda, partially driven by the click bait Information Age. The press is like vultures; they are hateful, pessimistic and jaded angry little trolls. I have worked with hundreds of them and they are all the same, with the exception of a couple of networks, like Fox Business News.

  6. Waltzy says:

    Right now, BuzzFeed staff is leaning back in their office chairs and cracking their knuckles in preparation for some furious typing. NYT, WaPo and other news outlets have standards, but BuzzFeed doesn’t. They’re a site built on celeb news and listicles. They thrive on sensationalism. Basically, they are bullies. I’m beginning to think that in order to defeat a bully, we need a bully. We need BuzzFeed.

  7. Hobart says:

    Clean up that swamp of fake news producers, Trump. Hooray!

    • Dee Lyter says:

      Let’s see his taxes so we can judge for ourselves if he drained the swamp or just made it bigger. Otherwise, we only have HIS word. And we all know, Trump would NEVER lie (cough:Obama’s birth certificate).

      • dano48dano48 says:

        Dee Lyter, I’m sure if Trump didn’t pay his taxes, vindictive Obama would have had his cronies go after him. Get over it. You lost the election. lol

  8. Boo Boo Kitty says:

    Of course he did.

    This is what he does. If you show blind deference to him, you get praise.

    If you dare challenge him, he tries to tear you down.

    His words are worth very little.

  9. Jaddy Baddy says:

    Of course the Kremlin ain’t gonna admit one
    of its agents is POTUS; that would be breaking
    his cover.

    The answer is: The Russians, The Republicans
    and the FBI.

    The question is: How big a conspiracy does
    it take to designate a moron Russian Agent,

    When an idiot loses by Three Million effing
    votes, and still gets the office, that ain’t
    no election, son, that’s an Appointment.

    Given the way Obama got the job, I ain’t

    Let’s talk about the stupidity of the press
    expecting a Russian agent in the U.S.
    to Admit he’s a Russian agent in the U.S.,
    in front of a room full of reporters.

    It maybe a tad premature to talk about
    impeachment, but it ain’t too soon to talk
    about treason, and execution.

  10. Steve Barr says:

    It would take a piece of garbage to know one .After watching his Caine Mutiny press conference I was reminded of the scene from Godfather 2 when the senator from Nevada wakes up with the dead prostitute and realizes he’s just been compromised by the Corleone’s.

  11. Dee Lyter says:

    So…Trump’s whole thing on Obama’s birth certificate wasn’t fake news? Karma, dude.

  12. Walt43 says:

    I’m starting to like this guy Trump.

    • MesoSoup says:

      Let me guess, your white, stright and racist AF.
      Good for you

    • Dunstan says:

      Walt, you’re out of your mind. He’s a deranged bully, a raging narcissist, a misogynist and has no clue about world affairs, the Constitution or much of anything else. And that’s just the tip of the Drumpf iceberg; he’s trying to appoint his son-in-law to a White House Position, a violation of a law passed decades ago to prevent nepotism. And he’s got his head so far up Putin’s behind, I’m surprised his hair isn’t brown instead of orange.

      • Jake Pullum says:

        I wished Obama would have been met with this level of kepticism and hostility during his press conferences! He was lobbed the softest of softballs!

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