Trump Issues Ominous Warning Ahead Of CNN Town Hall
Before appearing in a CNN Town Hall, former President Donald Trump has given a frightening warning.
A day before the town hall discussion moderated by CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins on Tuesday, the former president made a post on his Truth Social account.
“I’ll be doing CNN tomorrow night, LIVE from the Great State of New Hampshire, because they are rightfully desperate to get those fantastic (TRUMP!) ratings once again. They made me a deal I couldn’t refuse!!! Could be the beginning of a New & Vibrant CNN, with no more Fake News, or it could turn into a disaster for all, including me. Let’s see what happens? Wednesday Night at 8:00!!!” he said.
There were many liberals who were furious with CNN for hosting Trump, but Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav defended the decision when he appeared on the CNBC show “Squawk Box” and spoke to Joe Kernan, Mediaite reported.
“Because I want to talk about CNN and I want to talk about the cable news wars and what former President Trump is going to be on CNN?” the host said.
“Yeah, he should be,” the CEO said.
“You should be. You know, you’ve already gotten criticism. Remember what John Malone said. Let’s get some real journalists. Now you try to get some real journalists and you’re getting hit CNN for getting rid of,” the host said.
“CNN has the greatest journalists and the largest group of journalists in the world in in the Ukraine, Poland and Russia. We have over 86 people on the ground. We’re not reporting from a desk,” the CEO said.
“Do you see an opportunity, given what happened at some of your competitors?” the host said, a reference possibly to Fox News host Tucker Carlson being axed at Fox News.
“We have a divided government. Right? We need to hear both voices. That’s what you see. Republicans are on the air on CNN, Democrats are on the air. All voices should be heard,” the CEO said.
According to analysts cited by RadarOnline.com, CNN’s rising star Kaitlin Collins will need to “thread the needle” in order to pull off a successful townhall-style interview “at St. Anselm College before a live audience of New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters,” which will take place in front of a live audience.
Collins will specifically have her hands full navigating through Trump’s allegations of a rigged 2020 election and appealing to a wider audience than the liberal network is used to as CEO Chris Licht continues to push for the network to be rebranded as a middle-of-the-road outlet to increase overall viewership numbers.
According to insiders and media commentators, Trump could either greatly assist Licht in attaining that aim or not, depending on Collins’ performance.
“Collins will have to very delicately thread a needle between challenging Trump on his conspiratorial bulls–t and moderating a town hall discussion that avoids a trainwreck,” wrote Mediaite reporter Colby Hall before framing the challenge facing Collins, who covered Trump’s term in office for CNN as a White House correspondent before taking a morning show gig alongside former network primetime host Don Lemon, who was fired last month, and Poppy Harlow.
“Interviewing a controversial and polarizing character is an almost impossible job: no matter how tough you are on the subject, some critics will say you gave that person a pass,” Hall continued.
“Conversely, being too tough on a subject can torpedo an interview if done without enough discipline,” Hall added.
RadarOnline.com reported further:
Next week’s interview with Trump will also be a “big deal” for Licht because it will not only mark the first time Trump has appeared on CNN since his 2016 presidential campaign, but it comes as Licht works to move the network away from the “partisan theatrics” CNN “became known for” under Licht’s predecessor, Jeff Zucker.
Collins’ upcoming Q&A with the former president will not be the first time she is faced with an interview “high-wire act.”
Last week, the rising CNN star was tasked with confronting Dr. Anthony Fauci over his claims that the national Covid-19 mask mandate did not protect nearly as many Americans as initially believed.
Hall added: “Fortune favors the bold, and both Trump and CNN could use a little fortune at the moment.”