Trump slams CNN, NBC, ‘dumb as a rock’ jour­nal­ist

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day fired off an­other volley in his es­ca­lat­ing feud with the US me­dia, aim­ing a Twit­ter tirade at CNN, NBC and a morn­ing show host he taunted as “dumb as a rock”. The out­burst came at the end of a week dur­ing which the US leader railed against ma­jor news or­ga­ni­za­tions as “fake news”, be­fore launch­ing a crude per­sonal at­tack on Mika Brzezin­ski and Joe Scar­bor­ough, who head­line the “Morn­ing Joe” pro­gram on the left-lean­ing MSNBC ca­ble net­work.

“Crazy Joe Scar­bor­ough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad peo­ple, but their low rated show is dom­i­nated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” he wrote, seem­ingly try­ing to get in the fi­nal word in his clash with the jour­nal­ists. Ap­par­ently stung by crit­i­cal cov­er­age on the show, Trump on Thurs­day had tweeted: “I heard poorly rated @Morn­ing_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch any­more). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psy­cho Joe came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and in­sisted on join­ing me. She was bleed­ing badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

The com­ments sparked a ma­jor back­lash, as well as con­dem­na­tion from within Trump’s own Repub­li­can party. The TV hosts re­sponded on Fri­day with an opin­ion piece in the Wash­ing­ton Post ti­tled “Don­ald Trump is not well”, ques­tion­ing his “un­moored be­hav­ior” and fit­ness to serve. Trump yes­ter­day also tar­geted CNN, a fre­quent punch­ing bag for the pres­i­dent. “I am ex­tremely pleased to see that @CNN has fi­nally been ex­posed as #FakeNews and garbage jour­nal­ism. It’s about time!” he tweeted, re­fer­ring to an ar­ti­cle that the ca­ble news chan­nel re­tracted, which claimed Congress was in­ves­ti­gat­ing links be­tween Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and a Rus­sian in­vest­ment fund. — AFP

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