In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said that President Trump is trying to bully the cable news network and that he wasn’t going to let Trump intimidate his employees.
“My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job. 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.”
CNN has come under fire from Trump, conservatives and even some liberals after they inaccurately accused a Trump adviser of having ties to a Russian investment fund last week and again yesterday when they threatened to reveal private information about the person who created the Trump wrestling GIF—which was turned into a video of Trump body slamming CNN and then retweeted by the president, if he didn’t “repeat this ugly behavior on social media again”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The caveat from the network: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
That resulted in severe blowback on Twitter, with #CNNBlackmail becoming the top trending topic on Wednesday morning.
Who’s the real bully Jeff Zucker?