Trump disputes New York Times report he watches hours of TV each day
President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a New York Times report that he watches hours of cable news programming as part of his daily routine, and he bashed CNN and MSNBC for good measure.
“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day — Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News,” Trump tweeted.
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The Times on Saturday reported that the president consumes “long spells of cable news,” including the big three cable news networks — CNN, MSNBC and Fox News — to get caught up on news, to hone his message and to rev himself up for a day of political jousting.
Trump, the Times reported, often “flips to CNN for news, moves to ‘Fox & Friends’ for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day.” The president “spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television,” according to the report.
The president, who has been sharply critical of CNN and other news outlets throughout his political career, also disputed that he “hate-watches” CNN anchor Don Lemon’s show to “get worked up,” as the Times reported, taking a shot at the late-night newscaster.
“I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’ Bad Reporting,” he tweeted.
Times deputy managing editor Clifford Levy defended the newspaper’s reporting.
“We stand by our reporting, sourced from interviews with 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress,” he wrote on Twitter.
It was not the first time Trump took aim at Lemon. Last September Trump taunted CNN over their ratings, dubbing the network the “Clinton News Network” after his campaign opponent Hillary Clinton and bashing Lemon for his reporting.
“With people like @donlemon, who could expect any more?” Trump wrote on Twitter.
via Politico http://politi.co/2lnbIsw
December 11, 2017 at 07:00AM