Donald Trump shuts down CNN reporter at press conference
US President-elect Donald Trump gave a CNN reporter short shrift at his latest press conference at Trump Tower in New York City, United States.
During the conference on Tuesday (local time), Trump criticised the way the news organisation had "built up" the story that Russia allegedly has compromising information on him.
He called CNN a "terrible" news organisation and refused repeated requests from a respected reporter to ask him a question, telling him: "I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news."
He added: "Some of the media outlets we are dealing with are fake news ... All I can ask for are honest reporters."
CNN has issued a statement in response to Trump's criticism, stating: "CNN's decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this.
"They are using Buzzfeed's decision to deflect from CNN's reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organisations.
"We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.
"We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report's allegations.
"Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticised our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate."
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