Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chicago Tribune -- Media organizations criticize Trump for tweeting mock video of himself pummeling CNN

The President Of The United States tweeted a video of himself pummeling a man whose face is covered by the CNN logo.

On Sunday morning the president's personal Twitter account, which has 33 million followers, posted the video. And a short time later, the official @POTUS Twitter account retweeted Trump's tweet to its 19 million followers.

A District of Columbia Republican is quoted as saying, “Lord Almighty. It seriously gets worse every day.”

“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.” -- CNN

"The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an annual professional wrestling event  The CNN logo is superimposed on what appears to be the head of Vince McMahon, a wrestling magnate and a friend of Mr. Trump, who in his prepresidential years often appeared as a guest on wrestling shows," according to the N.Y. Times.

The edited version of the clip has circulated on Reddit.”

Ana Navarro, on ABC’S This Week, said, "It is an incitement to violence. He is going to get somebody killed in the media. Maybe that will stop him."

“Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, condemned the video as a ‘threat of physical violence against journalists.’ He said Trump's tweet was ‘beneath the office of the presidency.’”

Media organizations criticize Trump for tweeting mock video of himself pummeling CNN

By Catherine Lucey - Associated Press