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CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker concerned for journalists’ safety in AmericaCNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker discussed the tensions between U.S. President Donald Trump and major media outlets in America during an international media conference in Jerusalem. Zucker said that Trump’s statements regarding the media are very concerning.
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker weighed in on the tensions between U.S. President Donald Trump and major media outlets in America this morning (Tuesday) during an interview with Channel 2 News’ Yonit Levi at the 2017 INTV conference in Jerusalem. Zucker said that Trump’s claim that major news agencies such as CNN are not his enemy but the enemy of all Americans is very concerning.
Zucker said that prior to Trump’s presidency, he was never concerned for the safety of CNN journalists in the U.S. Zucker also claimed that many politicians are afraid to speak up and condemn Trump’s actions and statements against journalists. Regarding White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s decision to ban reporters from CNN and other news agencies from a press briefing, Zucker said: “It doesn’t bother us if they refuse to speak to us, it forces us to do our job.”
Zucker explained that journalists are simply doing their job when they report facts. The CNN Worldwide president stated that Trump tends to try to change the subject when he is asked a question that he does not want to answer. Regarding Trump’s allegation that former U.S. President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones before the 2016 presidential election, Zucker said that media outlets need to continue to cover stories about this serious claim.
Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan also spoke at the conference and condemned how the international media holds Israel to a double standard. Erdan explained that the international media generally accepts the Palestinian narrative, leading to bias against Israel.
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