CNN president: ‘Trump is trying to bully us’


CNN President Jeff Zucker on Wednesday said President Trump is trying to bully the news network but added that he won’t let Trump “intimidate” his employees.

“My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job,” Zucker told The New York Times Wednesday. “He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

When asked by the Times why Trump had hit his network, Zucker said the president’s preferred medium is television.

“Television is his preferred medium,” Zucker said. “And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC” — networks with an ideological bent in prime time.

{mosads}Zucker’s interview with the Times comes as Trump’s feud with the network escalates. 

On Sunday, Trump tweeted a redditor’s video showing Trump body-slamming the CNN logo. The video has now been retweeted more than 330,000 times.

The video immediately sparked backlash from CNN and other journalists.

But the news outlet also faced its own criticism after it tracked down the creator of the video and, according to critics, “threatened” to expose the identity of the redditor who created it.

“He is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again,” the story, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” reads on 

The blowback on social media against CNN has resulted in #CNNBlackmail trending on Twitter and includes condemnation from several public figures, including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Donald Trump Jr. and Vox’s German Lopez.  

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