During Friday’s edition of “AC360,” CNN host Anderson Cooper blasted President Donald Trump for his hypocritical call for media outlets to only use sources they can name.
During his speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, President Trump made a startling claim about his relationship with so-called ‘fake news.’
The President claimed that it was wrongly reported that he called the media the “enemy of the people” last week. Instead, he said he’d actually called “fake news” the enemy. If the President’s explanation is correct, either way, it means that he has branded well-respected media outlets like CNN, NBC, and the New York Times as being “fake news.” Later in his speech, Trump also argued that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives him “the right to criticize fake news and criticize it strongly.”
The President also seized the opportunity to criticize media outlets for their use for anonymous sources, despite the fact that he’s used them himself, like in the tweet below from 2012.
Cooper began the segment by saying,
“Just keeping him honest on the whole anonymous sources thing. We actually looked at the president’s twitter feed and we discovered at least five instances in which he questioned President Obama’s citizenship when then citizen Trump quoted an extremely credible source or a confidential source.”
Maggie Haberman, one of the panelists, believed that Trump’s claims had more to do with his own inability to handle what he perceives as being negative stories about him.
Former Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston also claimed that the President’s comments weren’t actually an attack on the media. Instead, Kingston explained that he was speaking to an audience and talking points like that do well in that scenario. Kingston did ultimately side with Trump in saying that his criticism of the nine intelligence sources was accurate. However, the former Georgia Rep. did not support Trump’s exclusion of certain media outlets from the press briefing, saying that it was “playing with fire.”
Throughout the segment, Kingston failed to take a firm stance against the President’s comments regarding anonymous sources, even after he was prompted by Carl Bernstein to indicate how many times he has served as an anonymous source himself.
“I don’t think I was ever credible enough to be an anonymous source. So, I don’t know.”
Watch the clip here: