CNN President Jeff Zucker says President-elect Donald Trump‘s attacks on his network are an attempt to “delegitimize journalism,” adding that CNN’s “credibility is higher than ever.”
“It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” Zucker told New York Magazine in an interview Wednesday.
“I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad.”
Zucker reflected on Trump’s press conference last week, when the president-elect refused to let CNN reporter Jim Acosta ask a question and accuse him of “fake news.”
“I think the era of access journalism as we’ve known it is over,” said Zucker, who took over at CNN in 2013.
“It doesn’t worry me that Donald Trump hasn’t done an interview with CNN in eight months. I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever.… Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.”