Well, can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Trump has hammered CNN as ‘fake news’ since his campaign began and throughout his term as president too. Who will miss CNN if they don’t show up to this event?
CNN is considering sitting out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, according to two people familiar with the matter, as the annual star-studded affair takes on renewed scrutiny from media outlets irked by the White House’s demonization of the press.
CNN is still actively discussing internally whether it will ultimately send staffers to the event, which is scheduled for April 29, according to one of these people.
“We haven’t made a decision on it yet,” a CNN spokesperson said.
The chummy dinner has long been criticized as a bizarre spectacle of media and government coziness. Given President Trump’s aggressive, ongoing battle with the media, some in the press are wondering whether glad-handing with the administration this year is especially inappropriate. Sources at various newsrooms say that Trump’s deleted (then reposted) tweet calling the press the “enemy of the American people” marked a new escalation. At the annual CPAC event Thursday, top White House adviser Steve Bannon repeatedly called the media the “opposition party.” CNN, in particular, has perhaps been the most frequent target of Trump’s “fake news” jab.