CNN president Jeff Zucker says ‘journalism is threatened’ by the Trump administration

CNN president Jeff Zucker says ‘journalism is threatened’ by the Trump administration
Jeff Zucker (Image: YouTube screen grab via Paley Center for Media)

[Ed. – Not by his network’s daily diet of fake news.]

CNN’s president is worried about the future of the press.

“Journalism is threatened by senior officials in our own government,” Jeff Zucker said during an Overseas Press Club of America awards gala Thursday night, New York Times reporter Liam Stack tweeted.

The comment seemed to be a knock on President Donald Trump’s administration, which is entering its 100th day this weekend. And it is not the first time Zucker has jabbed the White House.

In January, he claimed Trump is seeking to “delegitimize journalism.”

“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. “I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad.”

Those remarks came in response to Trump’s calling CNN “fake news” after the cable news network published a bombshell report showing U.S. intelligence officials had briefed the president on claims that the Kremlin had collected compromising information about him.

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