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WATCH: Fox News’ John Roberts Says It’s ‘Unfair’ For Donald Trump to Call CNN ‘Fake News’

Better late than never.

President Donald Trump made waves yet again on his trip across the pond at a joint press conference between Trump and Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

After refusing a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta—familiarly dismissing the network as fake news—Trump deferred instead to John Roberts of Fox News, saying:

“CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN.John Roberts from Fox. Let’s go to a real network.”

It wasn’t long before people on Twitter began calling out Roberts for not standing up for CNN:

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In response, John Roberts took to his air to clear things up and defend his former employer.

I also used to work at CNN. There are some fine journalists who work there and risk their lives to report on stories around the world. To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as ‘fake news’ is also unfair.

But some damage had already been done.

Tapper is referring to an Obama-era incident in which he challenged the administration after they determined Fox News was “not a real news organization.” Tapper defended Fox against then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

CNN wasn’t the only network the president vilified during the press conference.

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  • Evan Brechtel is a writer living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and video scripts for George Takei Presents. He's currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars from 1899 to 2016. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net.

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