Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump and his transition team used the president-elect's first press conference to launch an all-out offensive against the media, calling outlets that published adversarial stories "fake news," "disgusting" and "a failing pile of garbage."

Sean Spicer, Trump's spokesperson, kicked off the president-elect's press conference with a full-throated denial of allegations of compromising personal and financial information alluded to by several major American news organizations.

Calling BuzzFeed "a left-wing blog," Spicer dismissed the publication of a 35-page dossier that contained unverified allegations as a "sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks." He dismissed a claim, included in the dossier, that Trump surrogate Michael Cohen met with Russian officials overseas to participate in some kind of hacking scheme.

BuzzFeed is a global news organization that employs hundreds of journalists around the world and published adversarial journalism regarding candidates on the left and right during the campaign.

A spokesperson for BuzzFeed told Poynter that BuzzFeed is standing by its decision to publish the dossier in full, citing Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith's staff note advocating transparency in journalism as its primary justification.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence took the stage after Spicer departed and also took aim at the press. Calling himself a press freedom advocate, Pence charged that "some in the mainstream media" sought "to delegitimize this election."

During his remarks, Trump took questions from reporters but got into a shouting match with CNN's Jim Acosta after refusing to take his question.

"You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?"

"You are fake news," Trump responded.

https://twitter.com/CNN/status/819232117116715008

Later during the press conference, Trump called BuzzFeed "a failing pile of garbage," prompting reporters at the news organization to tweet photos mocking the accusation:

https://twitter.com/bimadew/status/819231520913235968

https://twitter.com/lukelewis/status/819230456847695872

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    Benjamin Mullin

    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.

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