White House Blackballs CNN; Refuses To Send Surrogates On "Fake News" Network

Tyler Durden's picture

Well, it's official...according to a note from Politico, the White House has confirmed that surrogates of the Trump administration will no longer appear on CNN and will instead go to "places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda."  

“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.


A CNN reporter, speaking on background, was more blunt: The White House is trying to punish the network and force down its ratings.


“They’re trying to cull CNN from the herd,” the reporter said.

Of course, this development should come as little surprise to anyone who has been paying attention given that Trump has constantly blasted CNN as a "Fake News" outlet ever since his heated exchange with Jim Acosta at a press conference on January 11th.


In fact, since that fateful January 11th tussle, Trump's surrogates, including Conway, Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and even Vice President Mike Pence, have made the rounds on the major Sunday political talk shows, with the notable exception of CNN’s “State of the Union" hosted by Jake Tapper.  Tapper noted the absence this past weekend:

"We invited the Trump White House to offer us a guest to provide clarity and an explanation of what the president just did, especially given so much confusion, even within its own government by those who are supposed to carry out this order,” Tapper said on Sunday as he introduced a segment about the Executive Order banning visitors from some countries and putting a hold on the United States’ refugee policy. "The Trump White House declined our invitation.”

But while the Trump administration has refused to send surrogates on CNN talk shows, Spicer has confirmed that the "Fake News" outlet won't be frozen out of press briefings.  Speaking at an event at George Washington University on Monday, Spicer pointed out that he’s answered CNN’s questions in the regular daily briefings but also noted that he's "not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right."

Of course, Trump's stance toward CNN is not terribly different from how the Obama administration handled Fox News.  That said, somehow we suspect the mainstream media will be slightly more outraged over Trump's treatment of CNN than they were over Obama's hostility toward Fox News over the years.

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NoDebt's picture

"But while the Trump administration has refused to send surrogates on CNN talk shows, Spicer has confirmed that the "Fake News" outlet won't be frozen out of press briefings."

Yeah, but put CNN in the back row and promote InfoWars to CNN's old front row seat.


AllTimeWhys's picture

I say fuck CNN entirely.


I'd love it if Spice started fucking with them, call on all five people sitting around CNN's person in the front row then start making eye contact but calling on other people. Let em burn, they've earned it.

froze25's picture

Yes, screw CNN. Break their back. No soup for you!, go to the back of the room. The nuclear option is to ban (once again) pharma advertising on Television. They would be toast.

chunga's picture

If Trump fires the 900 sTate dEpt. "dissenters" we're having a beer party here today at Half-A-Day Farm.

Save_America1st's picture

"force CNN's ratings down"??? 

that's pretty fuckin funny.   I didn't know anyone at CNN had a sense of humor.  lol


CheapBastard's picture

bout time.

cnn fake news should be banned from the nation

techpriest's picture

Yes indeed. I built a sentiment bot a while back and had it read CNN articles, and funny enough, I saw a clear "pump and dump" they pulled on Trump, giving him a lot of positive coverage during the primaries, and then flipping to negative coverage post-nomination. In the chart you can see it flip the week of the nomination.

Clearly, they were pumping who they thought would be the candidate most likely to lose to Hillary, and then tried to manufacture his loss. Love him or hate him, those types of actions show a clear lack of journalistic integrity, and they are getting what they deserve.

CuttingEdge's picture

"Put CNN in the back row and promote InfoWars to CNN's old front row seat."

Err...Trump's first press conference CNN had 7-9 front row seats - they sent someone in at 6am to put down placeholders.

Uchtdorf's picture

Liberals are going to remember these comments about CNN when they get back in power.

Long-John-Silver's picture

Liberals are going to remember these comments about CNN when they get back in power.

What difference would that make?

The Management's picture

CNN spent all their political credibility capital years ago. They broke themselves. 100% happy.

Keyser's picture

Hmm, appears to me that CNN has culled themselves from the herd... Karma is a bitch, then you die... 

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Keyser Feb 1, 2017 10:41 AM

And equally fake news MSNBC is all quiet while they look to pick up the liberal CNN viewers.


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OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) bamawatson Feb 1, 2017 12:26 PM

I say have a single 'token' CNN reporter in the briefing room, but make him/her sit in the corner facing the wall with a dunce cap on.

CuttingEdge's picture

The 21 seconds that define CNN's credibility. Or rather, the lack of it:



PrayingMantis's picture


... PAYBACK 101 ...   Trump Rules!


francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

If the CNN reporter is wearing the logo, doesn't that make the dunce cap redundant?

buttmint's picture

spot on Management


"weapons of mass destruction"

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Are we taking The WayBack machine to accomplish seeing "Liberals" in power or visiting The Twilight Zone.
Maybe you forgot the sarc tag...?

jcaz's picture

That's hysterical......

BarkingCat's picture

Don't you mean statists??


A true liberal hates CNN.

Oboneterm's picture

Libtards will never get back into power...NOT until Hell Freezes over from global warming.......LMAO

Every time I see another libtard protest I think of my kid throwing a temper tantrum at toy r us when I tell him "NO you can't have that toy today"......visualize my kid on the floor rolling around screaming and pounding the floor.........kind of reminds me of Chucky Shummer and his defeated crew of deniers........GET OVER IT.....YOU LOST THE ELECTION!!!!!




Giant Meteor's picture

It appears your humor is under appreciated ..

11b40's picture

You mean "if" they get back in power.

Abitcoinbrain's picture

Democrats as you know it are dead....... Soro's party is over! Thanks for coming see you in hell!

JonNadler's picture

dont count them out so quickly, you know how many time I thought I'd gotten rid of the roaches in my kitchen.  They said the same thing in 1994

Paper Mache's picture

Haaaahaaaaaaaa you ain't neverr getting back in power. That's a no- brainer,  libtard

neutrino3's picture

Highly doubt it ... for the people that are born every morning? To preserve their historical values must declare own nation. Cnneinaiours ... Sienentards ... Cnnanigans ... fuck ... tongue-knot.  

Syrin's picture

And then what?   Will they remember back in the day when CNN existed?   Will they get mad enough to ape shit and protest violently, and wear pussy hats?   You've already turned up the crazy.   What do you have left, fuckhead?

MasterControl's picture

You act like they don't do shit like that already when they are in power.  What island have you been on?

A Nanny Moose's picture

They will not be allowed back in power until they have proven to be deserving of it.

chubbar's picture

Spicer should pre-assign the seating before each briefing or assign via lottery or have monthly seating assignments. Anything to get CNN out of eyesight, losers.

Thought Processor's picture



CNN was co-opted long ago.  Say what you want about Ted Turner but he was a huge uncontrolled thorn in the side of the MSM base.  He really was interested in covering real news.


He has gone on record several times saying that selling CNN was his biggest regret (it was looked at as a merger w/ Time Warner, though he was rather quickly sidelined after).  He literally says, and I quote "I was outmaneuvered."  Time Warner then merged with AOL and became the poster child for 'all time worst mergers.'  Turner's share was diluted to the point where he had no real influence in any of it's operations.  With the dot com implosion immediately there after Turner's net worth plummeted something like 7-8 billion.


But they got the prize from him.  And it's has been under control ever since.

The Management's picture

Its their MO. They buy up companies with reputation / influence capital to spend and then lead the audience astray spending that capital until you end up with this : CNN, MSNBC NFL i could go on but you get the point.

Thought Processor's picture


AOL also has some rather interesting history.  How many big tech related companies, based in Fairfax County VA, (Tyson's Corner, where AOL was based until it was merged with TIme Warner), who are not affiliated in some way with the Gov. / intel agencies?  I would wager none.


What's also headquartered in Tysons Corner: Both USA Today and Gannett news companies.


(edit: also Booz Allen, MITRE corp, SAIC, Octagon and Primus are all located in Tyson's Corner.  All are big time MIC companies, closely related to the CIA and intelligence complex).


Tyson's corner is just a stone's throw away from the CIA (Mclean VA is next to Tyson's Corner).  It's spookville.


Go figure.


photonsoflight's picture

So in a ww3 scenario it would be a prime target.

hxc's picture

In any fucking scenario. Lol

williambanzai7's picture

Nothing to figure, it's spookville.

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) Thought Processor Feb 1, 2017 12:59 PM

Time-Warner is a corporate sponsor of the Rockefeller/CFR and TW chairman Jeffrey Bewkes is a CFR member, along with Jake Tapper, David Gergen, Christiane Amanpour, Paula Zahn, James Sciutto, Fareed Zakaria, and Rana Foroohar. Zakaria and Foroohar were speakers at Davos last week. See member lists at cfr dot org.

The CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, was hired by Jeff Bewkes before the TW/AOL split. Before that, he was an exec at Google for 10 years; Google chairman Eric Schmidt is a CFR member. Armstrong is on the board of the "Paley Center"; CBS founder William Paley was a CFR member. He's an advisor to the "McChrystal Group"; Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a CFR member and a CFR Military Fellow.


11b40's picture

Some one reached out and 'touched' Ted Turner...and it had to be a pretty powerful touch, as Ted is an amazingly headstrong individual.

TheLastTrump's picture




PS- I loved the part about you building a "sentiment" bot lol.

techpriest's picture

Thanks to IBM Watson it's actually kinda trivial now. There are some limitations - language implying "significance" is also counted as positive, even if the tone in neutral.

I'm hoping to keep growing it so I can regularly cover every significant MSM/Alt media source - imagine watching the headlines change around a major event, with certain headlines being edited out. Nothing can be "erased" anymore.

kochevnik's picture

Fux - Bastion of NEOconservatism

auricle's picture

I'm still waiting for Trump to give press credentials to at least one indi news organization that gave him fair converage during the election cycle. 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) techpriest Feb 1, 2017 11:28 AM

Trump gave those propagandists a chance and they kept sniping.

They only have themselves to blame.