Trump and CNN's Jim Acosta get into a verbal spat during a White House press conference. Photograph:( ANI )
'Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!' Trump tweeted
President Donald Trump slammed American broadcast network CNN for portraying the US in an "unfair and false way" to the rest of the world and suggested launching a "Worldwide Network" to counter CNN`s reporting by showing another view on the situation in the country.
Sputnik on Monday reported that the American broadcast network and President Trump have long been engaged in a war of words, with the latter accusing the news network of spreading "fake news", while CNN urges Trump to stop vilifying the media.
The president did not elaborate in his official Twitter account on November 26, what this new worldwide network will look like and how will it be different from the Voice of America, funded by the US government and broadcasting to the rest of the world.
....and false way. Something has to be done, including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
According to Sputnik, Trump`s suggestion has spurred a wide range of reactions across social media.
A lot of people supported the president`s initiative, confirming that CNN`s reporting of the events in the US can often shape the opinion of people abroad.
Some even alleged that CNN actually poses a real threat to the US with its news and urged Trump to take action.
Not all netizens were positive about Trump`s idea, noting it is strikingly similar to practices of dictatorships, Sputnik mentioned in its reports.
Others noted that watching CNN abroad was still better than watching Fox News.
One Twitterian reminded Trump that the US already has its `state propaganda` airing internationally in 40 languages.
The US president and CNN have been engaged in a long-running feud for a long time now. Trump has slammed the news network on multiple occasions over allegedly spreading `fake news`, claiming it has led to a sharp decline in CNN`s domestic ratings.
The White House recently revoked a press pass for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, after an incident, where he refused to give up the microphone during a Trump press conference, engaging in a verbal feud with the US president. The news network filed a suit against the Trump administration, demanding the restoration of Acosta`s pass.
CNN, in turn, has accused Trump of `continued attacks on the media` and of allegedly inciting violence against journalists by calling media outlets `the enemy of the people`.