CNN, a network often referred as “fake news” by President Donald Trump, mysteriously cut off an interview with Bernie Sanders on Friday.
In the interview, Sanders was asked about General Flynn’s alleged conversations with Russia before taking his new position. Then the news network included some footage of Trump saying he was unaware of these claims about General Flynn having a connection to Russia.
When Sanders was asked if he thought that was a problem, he responded with “Well I don’t know. Maybe he was watching CNN fake news. What do you think?”
Immediately after, Sanders was unable to hear the CNN anchor and kept asking “are we on?”
“It was a joke!” said Sanders.
CNN’s Erin Burnett was caught off guard and responded with “I, I know it was a joke…I’m saying you don’t buy what he said obviously.”
The network then took a commercial break and Sanders returned on the air after.
Trump then called CNN out for the suspicious activity.
“While on FAKE NEWS @CNN, Bernie Sanders was cut off for using the term fake news to describe the network. They said technical difficulties!” tweeted Trump.
CNN responded an hour later denying that the network purposely cut Sanders off.
The network said it merely experienced technical difficulties.
CNN news anchors also barked back at Trump on Twitter.
“From Michael Briggs, Senator Sanders’ Communications Director: “The Senator was clearly joking,” tweeted Jack Tapper.
“Untrue. Sanders was *criticizing Trump* for calling CNN ‘fake news.’ You can see for yourself, all 11 minutes, here: http://cnn.it/2lEkSwD,” tweeted Brian Stelter.
He then pointed a finger at Fox News for reporting about the suspicious timing of the cut-out during the interview.
“Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. But @FoxAndFriends covered the Bernie “technical difficulties” thing at 6:40. Trump tweeted at 7:14,” tweeted Stelter.
Sanders did not directly weigh in about CNN’s mess-up, but he did mention “fake news.”
“When Donald Trump attacks the media as “fake news” what he is doing is trying to move our country in an authoritarian direction,” tweeted Sanders.
Regardless of what CNN claims, the timing of the technical difficulties was suspect. Perhaps, the network is hyper sensitive over this term and it was unexpected to hear Sanders mention it.