Sheriff Clarke won’t talk to ‘fake news’ CNN until Trump says they’re OK again

Sheriff Clarke won’t talk to ‘fake news’ CNN until Trump says they’re OK again
David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis., speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A CNN reporter posted on his social media account a combative email reportedly sent Friday by Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke in response to a request for an interview.

The email from the popular Fox News commentator read as follows:

Donald Trump has labeled CNN as fake news.

When Pres. Trump says CNN is ok again, then I might.

Did they ever apologize on the Buzzfeed lie?

Clarke referred to the story that CNN broke about the Russian government possibly having damaging information on President Trump. This was conflated with the dossier that Buzzfeed released to much disapproval and roundly criticized as a falsified and unsubstantiated document. Trump and his supporters have tainted the CNN report by identifying it with the much-maligned Buzzfeed release, a comparison that CNN vehemently rejected.

Jeremy Diamond is a White House reporter covering President Trump for CNN. This is just the latest in series of interactions in the seeming “cold war” between President Trump and the mainstream media, and in particular the CNN news network. CNN’s anchor Jake Tapper has used his position to correct and criticize Trump when he thought it necessary, while Trump has assailed the network constantly as “fake news” for what he sees as partisan bias.

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