If you were fortunate enough not to watch Donald Trump's press conference Wednesday morning—or you had the volume down in a futile attempt to preserve your sanity—you may have missed a most testy exchange between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and Fox News-watcher Donald J. Trump.
At the press conference, Trump denounced the nuanced CNN report—that said intelligence agencies had briefed Obama and Trump on certain unverified memos—as "fake news."
While some have criticized BuzzFeed's bombshell article (Trump called the website a "failing pile of garbage") for exposing the actual, unverified memos, it seems like most journalists have no qualms with CNN's carefully worded report.
Still, Trump was wounded by CNN for "going out of their way to build [the story] up." What followed at the press conference was childish, at best. And fairly unbelievable (if this wasn't 2017).
Here's the printed exchange, although you need to watch the video above for the full, chaotic effect:
"Now, Mr. President-elect, that's not appropriate!" said Acosta at last, which is, we can all admit, one of the most pointless things you can say in this modern political era.
After the conference, Acosta shared on-air that Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer threatened to kick him out of the room if he tried again to participate.
CNN has since released a statement responding to the businessman's claims of "fake news."
CNN's decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed's decision to deflect from CNN's reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.
We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.
We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report's allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.