CNN Fires Back at Trump For Saying Network Represents US ‘Poorly’: That’s ‘Not CNN’s Job’

After President Donald Trump attacked CNN in a Saturday tweet — claiming the network represents the US “very poorly” on the international stage — the cable news outlet shot back in a tweet of their own. “It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S to the world. That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst,” tweeted CNN’s official public relations account. The Continue reading "CNN Fires Back at Trump For Saying Network Represents US ‘Poorly’: That’s ‘Not CNN’s Job’"

This Week in Trump Administration Lies: Busloads of Misinformation

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 6.23.30 PM On today’s This Week in Trump Administration Lies, we aren’t just highlighting blatant statements of misinformation. We’re also looking at examples of pushback. The first lie happened on February 10, when Donald Trump insisted that fraudulent votes were cast in the state of New Hampshire during the election of 2016, which he won. He swore thousands of people were brought in by bus, which senior policy advisor Stephen Miller backed up a few days later. That simply did not happen, which former New Hampshire GOP chair Fergus Cullen knows perfectly well. Here’s the pushback: he called out the lie, offering $1000 to anyone who could prove that people were bused into the state to cast illegal ballots. On the 12th, Trump used Twitter to accuse CNN of cutting off an interview with Bernie Sanders after the senator joked about “fake news.” Once again, CNN’s PR Continue reading "This Week in Trump Administration Lies: Busloads of Misinformation"

CNN’s PR Team Hits Back at Trump on Twitter With ‘Those Are the Facts’ Again

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 10.32.12 AM With a President that is so active on Twitter comes an era of intense competition to be one of the first people who responds to every tweet. Regular Donald Trump observers have even started to recognize some of the most frequent first responders, few of whom have a nice thing to say about the Commander in Chief. They are comedians like Chris Crocker or television writers like Beth Kalb or thought leaders like David McAfee. Though they might rack up retweets and favorites by being first to respond to Trump or a member of his administration, other accounts take the tortoise’s approach to winning the race, going slow and steady with a well-crafted and thought-out burn. That’s what CNN’s public relations team has been doing. Sort of. They’re not necessarily burning Trump for the sake of it so much as they’re just fact-checking him. Whether a Twitter user reads their Continue reading "CNN’s PR Team Hits Back at Trump on Twitter With ‘Those Are the Facts’ Again"

CNN’s PR Team Acts Antagonistic Toward Buzzfeed After Securing Most Millennial Readers (UPDATED)

It looks like congratulations are in order for CNN. They topped a list of media companies with the most Millennial readers. Because they are a massive news company and generally do things very well, you might not think that this is news, but it is news for a few reasons. The first reason this is news is because they beat out other companies that are focused almost exclusively on the Millennial demographic, like Mic and Buzzfeed. The second reason this is news is because they and Buzzfeed made it news thanks to a tiff over who interacts best with young people. The back-and-forth between the two companies spans a few weeks now, but most notably, Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith tweeted this yesterday… …in response to this:

Rick’s List: A New, Twitter-Happy CNN Show For Rick Sanchez; An Hour Less Wolf

rick-sanchezWelcome to the new world of press releases: earlier this morning, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez Tweeted out the news that he would be anchoring a new CNN show, Rick’s List.

“Hey guys, new CNN show beginning Jan 18th, weekdays 3-5pm ET. “Rick’s List”- Who will make the list?” reads the tweet, which was picked up by CNN PR’s Twitter account. Could Twitter play a starring role in the much-tweeted about show?

Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room will also be affected by the shift: Blitzer tweeted out that “New SitRoom start time. Beg. mid-Jan, we’re on 5-7p ET. Our excellent team can focus on 2 solid hrs. Less becomes more.”

In an email, CNN PR confirms to Mediaite that starting next month, Rick’s List will air from 3-5pm, and Situation Room will air from 5-7pm.

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How Twitter-centric will Rick’s List be? Politico’s Michael Calderone reports that he hears that Sanchez “will be incorporating Twitter on the new show.” Sanchez is himself a bit of a Twitter fanatic, with more than 117k followers and 3,900 tweet to his name. In another tweet about Rick’s List, Sanchez took a ‘powered by you’ tack that sounds like it could have something to do with social media: “Every day “Rick’s List” will be full of newsmakers and thinkers we- and u- think are relevant to CNN. My access = your access.”

On a recent CNN Newsroom – which Sanchez currently hosts from 3 to 4 pm — Sanchez and CNN Interaction Producer Eric Kuhn did a demo of something they called “Rick’s List,” which Kuhn referred to as “a continuation of Rick’s Twitter page.” The demo made heavy use of Twitter lists (at least someone makes heavy use of Twitter lists), aggregating Tweets from celebrities and public personalities about Tiger Woods and other hot-button news topics.

As Kuhn put it at the end of the segment: “Rick’s list is not going away. We’ve unleashed a Twitter monster!”

Here’s the segment in question:

(h/t Inside Cable News)