- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CNN told its viewers on Wednesday that “the fix is in” between the White House and conservative media outlets.

The ongoing feud between President Trump and CNN continues unabated. Jake Tapper told a panel of guests in January that it was “a new day” for reporters due to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s media pecking order. The network’s Jim Acosta went one step further on Wednesday after Mr. Trump spoke in the East Room of the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The two questions that were asked or called upon from the president in this news conference went to the Christian Broadcasting Network, which is obviously owned by Pat Robertson, the televangelist down in Virginia,” Mr. Acosta told Wolf Blitzer. “It’s a very conservative broadcasting network, and Townhall.com, which is a very conservative news website. And so in the last three news conferences, all of the questions to the American news media have been handled by conservative press, and I think there’s no other way to describe it but the fix is in.”

The reporter said Mr. Trump does not want to answer probing questions about the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“I think that this only, you know, they may think that this is being cute or they think this is strategic in terms of trying to shield the president from questions, but those questions can only be shielded for so long,” Mr. Acosta said, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Mr. Trump was asked by Townhall.com about compromises that Israel would need to make in any peace deal Palestinians.

The Christian Broadcasting Network asked the president and Mr. Netanyahu if Mr. Flynn’s resignation would “hamper” diplomatic efforts regarding the Iranian nuclear deal.

The president said that Mr. Flynn was treated unfairly by the press and then stressed the illegality of leaks prior to his resignation.

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