CNN's Jim Acosta: “There's Something Worse Than Fake News And That's The Denial Of Real News”

Acosta: When Trump Team Doesn't Like The News Being Reported “They Go After The Messenger”

From the January 12 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

Video file

ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): Jim Acosta, you tried to ask a question at the press conference to president-elect Trump. He refused to take questions, saying you're from “fake news.” What did Sean Spicer say to you after that? 

JIM ACOSTA: Well, he came up to me and said that what I did was crossing the line and was inappropriate. We should repeat that during that news conference when I was trying to ask that question, Spicer threatened to throw me out of the press conference if I kept persisting. But speaking of Sean Spicer, we should report that on a conference call this morning, he was asked whether Donald Trump was going to sue over these stories for libel and Sean Spicer told reporters that the president-elect would like to move on.

I think that there's something worse than fake news and that's the denial of real news and beyond that, Anderson, something that might be worse than that is they're just not in command of the facts at this point. When you listen to Kelleyanne Conway go sort of all over the place on this, they're just not in command of the facts. But I will tell you that this has been a pattern for the Trump campaign and now the Trump transition, where they don't like the news that's being reported and they go after the messenger and I think that's just going to continue.


CBS' John Dickerson: Trump Is “Trying To Define All News As Fake News”

Right-Wing Media Are Using The Term “Fake News” To Attack Credible News Sources

Fox's Shepard Smith Condemns Trump’s “Belittling And Delegitimizing” Of CNN Journalist