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Trump Slams Carl Bernstein Over CNN 'Lie'

The famed journalist fires back, stands by his story about Trump Tower meeting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
Journalist Carl Bernstein sits at the head table during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – President Trump's general lambasting of the media got more specific Wednesday night when he called out journalist Carl Bernstein. The president declared that Bernstein, "a man who lives in the past and thinks like a degenerate fool, making up story after story, is being laughed at all over the country!" Bernstein then responded, writing that he has "spent my life as a journalist bringing the truth to light, through administrations of both parties" and that "no taunt will diminish my commitment to that mission." He ended by standing by a story he co-authored at CNN last month that is at the heart of the dispute. That piece, based on unnamed sources, reported that Michael Cohen says Trump knew in advance of the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians. It's a damning allegation if true, but one of the sources is now recanting.

Over the weekend, Cohen attorney Lanny Davis acknowledged that he was one of CNN sources in July, but he said he "made a mistake" and had no information that Trump knew of the meeting ahead of time, per Business Insider. However, CNN—and now Bernstein, specifically—is standing by the story, saying that other sources backed it up. "CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake," wrote Trump Wednesday night, and he continued the theme on Thursday morning. "I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is," he wrote, returning to his "Enemy of the People!" slogan. "What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks - with @NBCNews being the worst," he added. (Read more Carl Bernstein stories.)

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