Watch Fox News Defend Rival CNN Against Donald Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Claim (Video)

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith defended CNN on Wednesday after Donald Trump accused the network of being “faking news” at a news conference for reporting on the existence of a Russian dossier of unverified allegations about the president-elect.

“President-elect Trump today told CNN’s Jim Acosta that his organization amounts to fake news. CNN’s exclusive reporting on the Russian matter was separate and distinctly different from the document dump executed by an online news property,” Smith said, drawing a distinction between CNN’s reporting and that of BuzzFeed News, which released the entire contents of the Russian dossier.

“Though we at Fox News cannot confirm CNN’s report, it is our observation that its correspondents followed journalistic standards,” Smith said. “Neither they, nor any other journalists, should be subjected to belittling and delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.”

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Earlier in the day, CNN released a statement responding to Trump’s allegation that CNN is “fake news” during his first press conference as president-elect.

“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 network said. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”

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Trump scolded the network during his press conference on Wednesday and refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Your organization is terrible, don’t be rude,” the president-elect said. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

Trump accused CNN of reporting details from a 35-page intelligence document that the reporters were not able to independently corroborate.

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Donald Trump Blasted by Ethics Experts: Business Conflicts Plan ‘Falls Short in Every Respect’

President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to separate himself from his many business interests “falls short in every respect,” according to two ethics lawyers who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“Mr. Trump did not make a clean break with his business ownership interests as his predecessors for four decades have done; did not establish a blind trust or the equivalent as bipartisan experts and OGE called for; entrusted trust responsibility in his family and a current employee, rather than in an independent trustee; did not screen all ‘emoluments … of any kind whatever,’ as required by the Constitution, but only some revenues, and only from his hotels; and offered an inadequate and scantily-detailed ethics wall,” Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, who served for Bush and Obama, respectively, told TheWrap in an email on Wednesday.

“Tragically, the Trump plan to deal with his business conflicts announced today falls short in every respect,” they concluded.

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“Mr. Trump’s ill-advised course will precipitate scandal and corruption,” Painter said. “I and many others will respond strongly in defense of ethics and our Constitution.”

During a press conference Wednesday at Trump Tower, the president-elect spent significant time responding to jaw-dropping allegations in a BuzzFeed news report and largely avoided questions about the main subject of his first press conference since the election: how he’ll avoid business conflicts of interest as president.

Reading a prepared statement, Trump attorney Sheri Dillon said that Trump will be fully isolated “from the management of the company.” The president-elect will turn over day-to-day operations of the private Trump Organization to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, she said, adding that Trump will not divest or form a blind trust to disentangle himself from potential conflicts of interest.

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“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” she said.

But ethics experts say Trump’s answer to his many conflicts of interest is “a failure on all those points.” At issue: Trump will not create what’s called a “blind trust” or divest himself of his business and stock holdings, the only solution that ethics experts say could eliminate any risk that the president’s assets could lead to corruption — or the appearance of corruption.

“His sons are involved in the trust,” Lisa Gilbert, an ethics expert at Public Citizen, an independent ethics watchdog, told TheWrap. “That is the opposite of creating a space where he will not know [about his business interests].”

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Dillon also said Trump plans to give profits from any foreign governments spending in his hotels to the U.S. Treasury as part of the plan to avoid conflicts of interest.

But ethics experts insist that too is tricky, as it would be hard to determine exactly which of those profits do or do not constitute a conflict of interest.

“This does not address the emoluments clause concerns,” Gilbert said, referring to the clause in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits members of the federal government from receiving gifts.

“The problem is not that he has money,” Gilbert said. “The problem is that if he is approached by those business interests while president, he might be inclined to put their interests above those of the American people.”

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Kate Mara’s ‘Megan Leavey’ Lands at Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has acquired the U.S. rights to “Megan Leavey,” a true story about a marine corporal in the K9 unit, played by Kate Mara, whose bond with her combat dog, Rex, helped save numerous lives during her deployment in Iraq.

Blackfish’s Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the film, which features Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common in addition to the “House of Cards” star. Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt wrote the script, with Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe producing.

Bleecker Street acquired the rights from LD Entertainment, and the film is slated for a June 9 release.

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“Megan Leavey’s devotion to our country and to her K9 partner, Rex, are a testament to the strength of our military and the indomitable spirit and honor of our troops,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said in a statement. “Her story truly exemplifies the kind of heroism and bravery that will touch each and everyone of us as filmgoers.’

“When I first met Megan Leavey five years ago, I was stunned by her courage and dedication to serving our country,” LD Entertainment President Mickey Liddell said in the statement. “Her emotional connection with Rex told a heroic story that I hadn’t seen yet on the big screen and I knew I needed to share her compelling journey. We are excited to reteam with Bleecker Street on another passion project about real life heroes.”

Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street negotiated the deal with attorney Eric Thompson and UTA Independent Film Group representing the filmmakers.

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CNN Denies Donald Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Allegations: ‘We Are Fully Confident in Our Reporting’

That didn’t take long.

CNN has already released a statement responding to Donald Trump’s allegation that CNN is “fake news” during his first press conference as president-elect on Wednesday.

“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 network said. “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.”

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“We are fully confident in our reporting,” the statement continued. “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.”

Trump scolded the network during his press conference on Wednesday and refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Your organization is terrible, don’t be rude,” the president-elect said. “No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

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Trump accused CNN of reporting details from a 35-page intelligence document that the reporters were not able to independently corroborate.
As soon as the press conference ended, Tapper argued, “That’s not true. That’s false. CNN never did that.”
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