CNN has unveiled a new “attack” clock that its staff will use to determine how long President Trump goes between angry outbursts on Twitter.
An ongoing feud between the Trump administration and CNN President Jeff Zucker’s network is unlikely to cool off with the introduction of a Trump-insult clock on Wednesday. “How long has it been since Donald Trump attacked someone on Twitter?” was published in conjunction with the clock and framed as a way to gauge how serious he is about putting “trivial matters” to rest.
“Trump’s pivot to mellower rhetoric is actually a few days old,” reporters Gregory Krieg and Tal Yellin wrote. “He hasn’t knocked, tweaked or attacked anyone on Twitter since Sunday afternoon, when he claimed, ‘Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!’ We’ll see how long it lasts — literally.”
Mr. Zucker recently told New York Magazine that Mr. Trump’s “fake news” retort regarding the network’s coverage is “unfortunate.” Friction between the White House and CNN has gone on for months, but it picked up after Jake Tapper reported Jan. 10 on an unverified 35-page dossier claiming Russia had compromising information on the billionaire.
“I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad,” Mr. Zucker said Jan. 18. “We didn’t pass judgment on the allegations. We reported we had not been able to corroborate them. But the news was that the two most powerful people in the world had been briefed on the existence of these allegations.”
The president excoriated the decision to run the story and called the documents “phony stuff.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 1, 2017