Donald Trump once again hit the press, labeling the media & dishonest and terrible people & # 39; in front of a roaring crowd of supporters at a rally in Indiana on Thursday night.
Speaking at a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, the president received specific punches in The New York Times, CNN and NBC coverage of him.
The word is they're firing NBC's head. What a great thing to do, how smart, "said Trump, continuing his tirade from Thursday morning, where he said Andrew" Andy "Lack is about to be fired for incompetence and much worse. # 39;
"These are dishonest and terrible people, I'm telling you," Trump said, pointing to the cameras in the back of the room where the press is.
"You can not get enough, but when I start screaming & # 39; & # 39; fake news & # 39; & # 39 ;, you see the red lights go off for a while & # 39; added Trump, implying that the cameras went out while criticizing the press.
Trump continued his tirade in the media on Thursday night at an Indiana rally
He reiterated his earlier statements addressed to NBC President Andy Lack, claiming he is about to be fired
Early that morning, the president savagely attacked CNN for its "extreme hatred and bias" and attacked NBC News.
He also accused Lester Holt, the host of "NBC Nightly News", of manipulating my film about Russia.
It is believed that Trump was referring to an interview he did with Holt in which he admitted to firing James Comey for the investigation into Russia, an admission that has become a key piece of evidence in the investigation into the obstruction of justice by part of the independent lawyer.
The president also renewed his assault on CNN.
The new flood comes after Trump had already entered CNN for a story that argued that lawyer Michael Cohen was willing to provide evidence that Trump knew of a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer who claimed to be dirty with Hillary Clinton .
Trump crashed into CNN, NBC and The New York Times for being dishonest and terrible people & # 39; in front of a roaring crowd
He was speaking at a campaign meeting for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on CNN and NBC on Thursday by accusing both networks of inventing stories about him about Russia.
Andrew Lack is under pressure for sexual harassment claims, $ 23 million contract for Megyn Kelly and let go of Harvey Weinstein's exposure of Ronan Farrow
Trump wrote: "CNN's hatred and extreme predisposition on my part have clouded their thoughts and made them incapable of functioning.
"But really, as I've always said, this has been going on for a long time, little Jeff Z has done a terrible job, his rating is bad, and AT & T should fire him to save credibility!
"What is happening on CNN is happening, to different degrees, on other networks, with NBC News being the worst."
"The good news is that Andy Lack (and) is about to be fired (?) For incompetence, and much worse.
"When they caught Lester Holt in my film about Russia, they were seriously injured!
"I can not say with enough clarity how dishonest most media is, they do not really care, they just have hatred and an agenda.
This includes fake books, which come out all the time, always anonymous sources, and they are pure fiction. Enemy of the people!
Trump accused CNN of harboring "hatred and bias" against him after he reported that he knew about the Trump Tower meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer.
The president then turned his attention to NBC News, accusing Lester Holt of "manipulating" an interview in which Trump admitted to firing James Comey for the investigation into Russia and raised the possibility that President Andy Lack would be fired.
Trump ended the bombing by calling the media the "enemy of the people," a phrase he has repeated several times in recent days
The White House has offered contradictory explanations about Trump's reason for firing Comey, but the president has never accused Holt of falsifying his interview before (in the photo) and did not provide any evidence to support his claim.
By "Little Jeff Z", Trump is referring to CNN boss Jeff Zucker, who is short of stature and is currently on medical leave because of a heart condition.
As for Holt, Trump did not previously accuse him of faking any part of the interview in which he spoke about the Russian investigation, although the White House has offered contradictory statements about the reason for Comey's dismissal.
When Trump said NBC was "badly hurt" by Holt's behavior, he might be referring to the fall in ratings of "Nightly News" over the past two years, which TV connoisseurs attribute in part to Holt's antagonistic dealings with Trump. when he moderated a 2016 presidential debate.
Andy Lack: president of NBC News under pressure
It is known that Andy Lack, 71, is under pressure on NBC News in the middle of a torrid year for the network.
He faces questions about whether he knew about sexual harassment by expelled presenter Matt Lauer, and whether a culture of harassment has existed in the network for years.
The lack is also being analyzed throughout several flaws in the trial, especially for the payment of 23 million dollars to tempt Megyn Kelly away from Fox News before her new program bombed.
Meanwhile, MP Noah Oppenheim took the lead in raising Ronan Farrow's Pulitzer winning accusation over Harvey Weinstein's alleged decades of sexual abuse, which was published by the New Yorker despite the fact that NBC spent a considerable amount of time and money in it. Oppenheim works as a screenwriter in prestigious films, but has denied having contact with Weinstein.
Lack has also faced questions about why he sat on the Access Hollywood film that contained Trump's infamous "grip" on the line that nearly ended his presidential career.
In addition, the NBC flagship shows, Today and Nightly News, have been underperforming, which may be the reason for the "incompetence" that President Trump cited in his tweet.
TV informants say that NBC expects one or two major articles to be published in some unspecified publications about Lack and the alleged culture of sexual harassment and lies on NBC News. This has put NBC News in a state of great turmoil.
The President has alluded to "bad behavior" not specified by Lack in the past, tweeting in 2017 that NBC should "investigate Andy Lack's past", although he has never provided details.
However, in the year following Trump's demand for an investigation, Lack, 71, has been under increasing pressure on NBC for allegations that he presided over a culture of sexual harassment during his two terms of service as chief of staff. NBC News, and that he cleverly avoided an independent investigation once the sex scandals were made public.
Although he was a close friend of perverted Matt Lauer for 20 years, even on vacation with the now disgraced TV star, Lack claimed he had absolutely no idea about the sexual possibilities of Lauer's office. This claim has been received with great skepticism within NBC.
Lack is also immersed in a big mess of his own creation: his disastrous contract with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly for $ 23 million a year. Kelly's hour of "Today" is a very expensive bomb, with a rating substantially lower than the cheap hour it replaced.
Perhaps the most serious is that Lack is under intense scrutiny of why NBC News sat on the explosive tape of Hollywood's Trick & # 39; of Trump making lascivious comments about women. The tape only came to light when it leaked to the Washington Post. NBC claimed that its lawyers had delayed the transmission of the tape, but the Post took only a few hours to investigate before it was published.
In addition, Lack has not been able to explain coherently why NBC News increased the investigation of its reporter Ronan Farrow on the sexual plague Harvey Weinstein. Farrow would take his story back to the prestigious New Yorker magazine where he won a Pulitzer Prize. Farrow has accused NBC not only of transmitting the story, but of trying to kill her directly, and of threatening her NBC colleagues to lose her job if they continue to inform her.
Farrow will publish a book on the subject called "Catch and Kill", which television experts believe will claim direct cooperation between Lack, his beleaguered deputy Noah Oppenheim (who is also a Hollywood screenwriter) and Weinstein to kill the story. NBC has denied such collusion.
Trump's Thursday tweets followed other scorching messages on Wednesday night in which Trump discussed with CNN and Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein about his history in Russia.
Trump said the network had been caught in a "big lie" after Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's lawyer, admitted being the source of the story and reversed his claims.
Trump said that CNN is being smashed from the inside & # 39; for the story, while criticizing Bernstein for & # 39; careless & # 39; and a degenerate fool … who lives in the past &.
But Bernstein and the network applauded, saying they were attentive to their reports and would not be intimidated by Washington's attacks.
The president accused CNN of being caught in a "big lie and refusing to admit the mistake", while accusing Bernstein of being a "degenerate fool" who "lives in the past"
In a direct response to Trump, CNN said it remained firm in reporting before adding: "There are a lot of fools in this story, but Carl Bernstein is not one of them."
Bernstein also responded to Trump's attack, saying he would not be discouraged from "bringing the truth to light" with ridicule
In an energetic statement issued on Trump's favorite Twitter media, CNN said: "Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN does not lie. We report the news. And we inform when the people in power tell lies.
"CNN supports our reports and our reporters, there may be a lot of fools in this story, but Carl Bernstein is not one of them.
Meanwhile, Bernstein tweeted: "I spent my life as a journalist bringing the truth to light, through the administrations of both parties.
"No mockery will diminish my commitment to that mission, which is the essential role of a free press." CNN supports its story, and I agree with my reports.
The story began when CNN published a report last month in which it claimed that Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, had evidence that Trump knew in advance about a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election.
Donald Jr has admitted attending the meeting after the lawyer offered dirt to Hillary Clinton, possibly providing evidence that Trump was involved in the collusion.
Cohen was willing to offer this evidence in testimony of Special Advisor Robert Mueller, according to CNN, citing unnamed sources.
But Davis admitted in BuzzFeed News this week that he was a source for that story, and that he could no longer verify those claims.
The report also claimed that Davis had refused to comment on the record, when in fact he provided extensive comments.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump claimed that anonymous sources are typically invented by reporters from "Enemy of the People."
& # 39; The fact is that many anonymous sources do not even exist. They are fiction composed by Fake News journalists, "the president wrote on Twitter.
President Trump seized the opportunity Wednesday to harangue the media over a debacle involving Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis.
Lanny Davis (above) has stepped back on several key claims he made as an "anonymous source" for the news, severely undermining the possibility that Cohen links President Trump to claims of Russian electoral interference.
Cohen (above) pleaded guilty last week to several charges, which Davis says allowed him to finally speak to clarify what he said as an anonymous source, now that the criminal investigation has ended
Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday that anonymous sources are typically invented by "Village Enemy" reporters, though Davis admits that he says he can no longer endorse
& # 39; Look at the lie that Fake CNN is now on. They caught them with their hands in the dough! Enemy of the people!
A follow-up tweet said: "When you see anonymous source, stop reading the story, it's fiction! & # 39;
Davis says he could not erase the record until Cohen pleaded guilty last week, due to the ongoing criminal investigation. CNN says it also had other sources.
In a series of interviews, Davis endorsed two claims: that Cohen saw Trump being warned in advance of the notorious meeting of Trump Tower and that Cohen could testify that Trump was aware of Russian piracy.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also made incorrect statements about the Trump Tower meeting and admitted in a New York Times profile this week that he made mistakes in his unpaid representation of the president.
Former Trump lawyer John Dowd said on Fox News on Wednesday that Davis's behavior, which sparked a debate about how news agencies handle the sources, was "negligible" and "indicative" of what Trump faces.
"I do not know how he does it," he said. "It is a great burden for the presidency."
Slamming Davis, a longtime supporter of former President Bill Clinton, said: "Lanny Davis is not a surprise, I do not know why anyone would find him credible in the first place."
The lack of credibility of Davis and Cohen is at the heart of Trump's lawyers' accusations that Trump should not be accused as an accomplice to crimes that his former lawyer says they committed together. Cohen told prosecutors that he paid a woman who says she had sex with the multi-millionaire married before the 2016 election by direct order.
The CNN report, which received the primetime game on the network, raised the possibility that Cohen had and was willing to offer additional special advice, damaging information about Trump.
CNN's top reporters, Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen and Carl Bernstein, of Watergate's fame, had broad lines about history.
Other media that ran to confirm the CNN's first in July, including the New York Post and the Washington Post, have now admitted that Davis was their source, and published the lawyer's apology for deceiving them.
"I'm sorry I was not clear enough for The Post, it should have been clearer, I could not independently confirm the information in CNN's story," Davis said in the New York newspaper. "I regret my mistake."
Davis is also backing off suggestions he made on television after Cohen's plea guilty about what his client could tell Mueller about Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign and allegations that Trump knew about it before it became public. .
CNN is complying with its July report (above) that says Cohen was willing to testify that Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting in advance.
Davis told CNN that "Cohen was an observer and witnessed Mr. Trump's awareness of those emails before they were removed," Davis told the Washington Post, "There's the possibility." that is the case. But I'm not sure. & # 39;
Giuliani and another Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, have also given incorrect information to the public.
Sekulow wrongly stated that the president was not involved in a false statement that Trump was said to have dictated in Air Force One about his son's Trump Tower meeting.
He admitted in an ABC News interview that he "had bad information" and realized "over time" that the statement he made was incorrect.
Giuliani mistakenly told NBC News this month that he did not know whether the participants in the meeting, including Trump Jr, former campaign president Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, knew that the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was Russian at that time. . & # 39;
"All they had was their name," Giuliani said in the interview.
In fact, emails published by the president's son make it clear that he was explicitly told that an attendee at the meeting would be a "Russian government lawyer" who wanted to provide information detrimental to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Donald Trump Jr. attacked CNN as "literally false news" after Davis revealed that he was the source of the wrong information about what Cohen was willing to testify. The president's son also claimed that Bernstein is a "leftist trick".
President Trump has denied claims that he knew about the Trump Tower meeting before it took place. He quit the media that promoted Davis' claims in tweets on Saturday and Wednesday.
"Michaels Cohen's lawyer clarified the record, saying that his client does not know if President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting (from which nothing came out)," Trump said in Saturday's tweet. & # 39; The answer is that I did NOT know about the meeting. Another fake story from Fake News Media!
Similarly, he broke the "false news" on Wednesday by hiding Davis's identity, allowing him to act as an anonymous source, while saying in the same article that he refused to comment on the disc.