It’s not easy being CNN when millions of people readily see them as “fake news,” thanks to President Trump’s persistence in calling the network out for its reporting.
On Saturday, CNN was forced to cut away from a live shot outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, when hecklers began shouting, “Fake News!”
CNN correspondent Ariane de Vogue was on site and was discussing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett with anchor Wolf Blitzer.
“I want to bring in our Supreme Court correspondent Ariane de Vogue,” Blitzer said. “We heard the president say that [Barrett] will decide cases based on the Constitution as written. And then we heard Judge Coney Barrett saying the law must be applied as written.”
“So explain to our viewers what is behind those specific words, where she is coming from and what we would anticipate if she does become a justice on the supreme over the next 30 or 40 years,” he added.
As Vogue began speaking, the unruly crowd behind her began calling out “fake news” and “CNN is fake news!”
Vogue can barely be heard as she mentions the heckling, referring to it as “a little bit of commentary here — it’s a crowd of Trump supporters.”
“I want you to stand by,” Blitzer replied. “We can barely what you are saying because of the crowd behind you. So standing by for a moment.”
He added that they might be able to “appreciate” what Vogue was trying to say if she had a handheld microphone, which may or may not be a shot at the reporter and her production crew.
Such rough treatment is generally reserved for CNN’s primadonna chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, but given the networks’ actions over the past years, it’s getting harder to consider them a serious news source.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter: