Trump con­tin­ues tweets blast­ing MSNBC, CNN

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - DAVID NAKA­MURA

BRIDGE­WA­TER, N.J. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, on va­ca­tion from Wash­ing­ton, stayed busy Satur­day morn­ing, post­ing crit­i­cisms of cable television news net­works MSNBC and CNN over their cov­er­age of him.

Con­tin­u­ing his beef with MSNBC’s Morn­ing Joe, Trump sug­gested that the hosts, Joe Scar­bor­ough and Mika Brzezin­ski, are “not bad peo­ple” — even as he dis­par­aged them again — but that their show is un­der­mined by their bosses at the 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 tweeted.

Trump was an­gered by Brzezin­ski’s crit­i­cism of him on the show Thurs­day and then crit­i­cized her pub­licly, sug­gest­ing she had ap­peared at his Mar-a-Lago es­tate in Florida on New Year’s Eve ask­ing to get into a party and bleed­ing from a face-lift. Brzezin­ski and Scar­bor­ough have flatly de­nied Trump’s ac­count.

Trump, who is spend­ing three nights at his Bed­min­ster es­tate in north­ern New Jersey, didn’t save his ire only for the Morn­ing Joe crew. He also hit NBC and its parent com­pany, Com­cast, over the de­ci­sion by MSNBC to can­cel Greta Van Sus­teren’s short-lived cable show on Fri­day. The pres­i­dent cast it as an ide­o­log­i­cal de­ci­sion made be­cause Van Sus­teren was fairer to him in her cov­er­age.

“Word is that Greta Van Sus­teren was let go by her out of con­trol bosses at NBC & Com­cast be­cause she re­fused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”

In re­cent months MSNBC, which has a rep­u­ta­tion for lib­eral views, has hired a num­ber of con­ser­va­tive-lean­ing hosts and an­a­lysts, in­clud­ing New York Times colum­nist Bret Stephens and Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Ge­orge Will, and those who have worked for Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tions, in­clud­ing Nicole Wal­lace, who served for Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. But those an­a­lysts also have been largely crit­i­cal of Trump.

The pres­i­dent also lev­eled an­other at­tack in his on­go­ing feud with CNN, which he has re­peat­edly re­ferred to as “fake news.” He and his aides have lam­basted the cable net­work af­ter it re­tracted and apol­o­gized for a story that linked one of his tran­si­tion aides and the ex­ec­u­tive of a Rus­sian in­vest­ment fund. CNN fired three re­porters and ed­i­tors in­volved in the story, which the net­work said did not un­dergo stan­dard vet­ting pro­ce­dures.

Trump tweeted Satur­day morn­ing: “I am ex­tremely pleased to see that CNN has fi­nally been ex­posed as #FakeNews and garbage jour­nal­ism. It’s about time!”

The net­works and their hosts did not have im­me­di­ate re­ac­tions to Trump’s tweets.

Also on Satur­day morn­ing, the pres­i­dent used Twit­ter for a more up­lift­ing mes­sage: “Happy Canada Day to all of the great peo­ple of Canada and to your Prime Min­is­ter and my new found friend JustinTrudeau. #Canada150.”

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