During President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference today, Trump ... ended up getting into an argument with a CNN reporter, who he also called out during the presser over their report on a two-page synopsis they claim was presented to Trump.
With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”
“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
This immediately became the top story at Drudge:
It's the top story at Zero Hedge, one of the top stories at Gateway Pundit, and a "Must Watch" video at the Daily Caller (where the teaser is "'Fake News' CNN Reporter Tried to Ask Trump a Question -- Trump Responded Like a Boss").
We know that the right has tried to appropriate the term "fake news." and distort its meaning. Now the shibboleth on the right is going to be Trump's four words, in that exact order: "You are fake news." Right-wingers will deploy this phrase as if it's (no pun intended) a trump card every time they're faced with a story they don't like.
This is all Trump needs to do to maintain hero status with his base: attack the media. Since at least the 1990s, right-wingers have always hated liberals more than they hate any foreign enemy -- Al Qaeda, ISIS, Putin, whoever. Trump isn't as good at general liberal-bashing as the typical Republican, but no Republican in living memory has ever bashed the press (routinely considered liberal on the right) the way Trump does. Making a reporter cower every so often is all he'll need to do to prove he's a strongman as president, even if Russia is annexing Ukraine and ISIS is running rampant.
Some will argue that we on the left hated George W. Bush more than we did Al Qaeda. I'm a New Yorker who was here on 9/11, and I don't feel that way, though I think it's now beyond dispute that Bush did more harm to this country than, say, Saddam Hussein ever did.
As for Trump, I see him already doing far more harm to the American system than terrorists have, so I'm prepared to say that his election was probably worse for America than 9/11.
But Trump is not Jim Acosta. The Trumpers hate him and his CNN colleagues more than they hate any foreign foe. That's insane.