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White House Uses Press Briefing to Tout Video Showing CNN Bias

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 09:53 AM

The White House used its press briefing on Tuesday to tout an undercover video showing a CNN producer questioning the network's coverage and suggesting important stories had been buried to focus on President Donald Trump alleged connection with Russia's meddling in the U.S. elections, The Hill reported.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged viewers to watch the undercover video. She called CNN "a disgrace to all of media, all of journalism" and took a swipe at its president, Jeff Zucker, by saying the sensationalism and disregard for facts was "coming directly from the top."

CNN said the producer's statement showed that "diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong," emphasizing that "we welcome it and embrace it."

A CNN source also told The Hill that the producer, who covers health and medicine in Atlanta, has nothing to do with Washington politics or the investigative unit.

However, the video comes at a difficult time for CNN, which was just forced to retract a story alleging that one of Trump's associates had improper dealings with a Kremlin-backed bank.

Three of CNN's reporters involved in the story resigned.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough tweeted his support for CNN.

Trump, who has had a running feud with CNN, continued hurling insults at the network through tweets.

CNN shot right back with a tweet of its own.

The Hill reported that, indeed, CNN is up 10 percent year-over-year in prime time and 25 percent overall, according to Nielsen's second quarter ratings.

CNN said the White House has "made it fairly clear they view this as a war. We view it as determination to seek truth and hold the powerful accountable regardless of how difficult they try to make it."

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