You may remember a few days ago when President Donald Trump chose to call on Roberts while bashing Acosta and CNN as fake news, saying he would rather get a question from a "real" news network. "He also called out CNN as not a real network: "'fake news, '" Roberts said.
Though CNN-bashing is no new thing for Trump, many wondered at the fact that he went out of his way during an global press conference to insinuate that CNN is not a real network, and the fact that other media outlets allowed it to happen.
Karl pointed out that the question had been about freedom of the press in Russian Federation, not about the legitimacy of Trump's meeting with Putin.
In an attempt to defend his network's honor, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta requested to ask the next question, since Trump had "attacked CNN".
"What's gotten missed in a lot of the controversy here", Kurtz said on MediaBuzz today, "is that he called on John Roberts". Let's go to a real network, ' he said.
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"Well we're a real network too, sir", Acosta responded as Roberts began asking his question.
The president also clashed in the news conference with NBC White House reporter Kristen Welker, who asked him, "Are you giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the upper hand heading into your talks, given that you are challenging these alliances [such as NATO] that he seeks to break up and destroy?"
Trump then bragged on Twitter about his "takedown" of Acosta, falsely stating that CNN did not cover the altercation. It's called fake news.
But Roberts later issued a scathing rebuttal on Fox News, rejecting the notion that either network was fake and added he personally knows the journalists and used to work at CNN, so to call them "dishonest is unfair".
- Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd)Acosta politely tried to ask a question to Trump (which is his job). "Of course it happens to be NBC, which is possibly worse than CNN", he said. She is honest as the day is long. In the interview, Trump said he advised her, but "she didn't listen to me".
British reporters also caught heat from the U.S. leader, with Trump chastising The Sun for cutting out all the praise he had heaped on May from a sensationalist interview published Thursday. "Don't say I'm attacking freedom of the press!"