You reap what you sow. This couldn’t be truer for CNN right now. We needed someone to stand up to the media giant. Needed someone to put them back in their place. Trump did just that.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto took CNN to task in an on-air commentary, mocking the cable network on the heels of a headline-grabbing press conference this week during which Republican President-elect Donald Trump called CNN “fake news.”
Cavuto’s segment Thursday began with video of the press conference featuring CNN senior White House reporter Jim Acosta insisting Trump give him a question — and Trump refusing: “Your organization is terrible. … I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
Then Cavuto pounced.
“Ouch! How’s all that going down, CNN?” he asked. “How does it feel to be dismissed, or worse, ignored? How does it feel when your feelings are hurt? When your reporters are singled out? And you’re treated unfairly and unkindly? Even rudely? What is it like not to be liked? It’s not really fun, is it?”
It is not fun when you think you’re doing your job, and the guy you’re covering thinks you’re the piece of work. It’s insulting, isn’t it? Being called on the carpet by the next leader of the free world after years of giving the present one all but a free pass? You can’t figure out suddenly not being in. It bugs you when someone questions whether you’re fair, doesn’t it? Or cuts you to your journalistic core, doesn’t it? It matters now when it’s about you, doesn’t it? Not so much when it’s about someone else.
Presidential pile-ons matter when you’re the subject, not so much — actually scratch that, not at all — when let’s say Fox is the subject.