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Gingrich: Harvard Says CNN is 93% Negative -- That's an 'Attack Network,' 'Propaganda Network'

By Michael W. Chapman | July 18, 2017 | 2:44pm EDT
(CNN.com) 

Commenting on how the White House is taking new approaches with its daily press briefings, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said he would exclude CNN from the briefings because a study by Harvard determined that CNN's coverage of President Trump was 93% negative, which makes them an "attack network," a "propaganda network."

In the study of Trump's first 100 days in office, the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that CNN's coverage was 93% negative, as was NBC's reporting. The New York Times was 87% negative towards Trump and the Washington Post 83% negative. The most blanced was Fox News, with 52% negative and 48% positive. 

During an interview on Fox News Live with host Martha Maccallum, she asked Gingrich if he supported excluding CNN from White House press briefings. Gingrich said yes, and added, “When Harvard reports that a network is 93% negative, they’re not a news network. They’re an attack network."

"Why play with them as though they were serious?" he said. "These people find excuses. They have talking points to attack Donald Trump all day, every day."

"Macron, the new president of France, just kicked two networks out because he said they were propaganda networks," said Gingrich. "Well, I regard CNN as a propaganda network.” 

CNN has consistently attacked President Trump and his administration. Their own host and a serial plagiarist, Fareed Zakaria, claims many of Trump's actions "pose a danger to American democracy" and it is the media's job "to keep alive the spirit of American democracy."

CNN is the same network that employed Kathy Griffin every New Year's Eve -- the "comedian" who posted a picture of herself holding a fake severed head of President Trump. CNN also employed alleged religion scholar Reza Aslan, who tweeted that Trump is a "piece of s**t," and "embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind."

CNN's media reporter Brian Stelter has urged journalists to label Trump "authoritarian," and Stelter complained when Trump tweeted a mock video of CNN losing a wrestling match, calling it "actually scary, dangerous." 

"It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters," hyperventilated Stelter. 

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