CNN Says It Will Boycott the White House Christmas Party

In light of President Donald Trump’s ongoing attacks on CNN, the network plans to boycott the White House Christmas Party — but that doesn’t mean they won’t be covering the matter.

A CNN spokesperson told The Hill that the network would send a team to report on the event, if it is deemed newsworthy, but would not be attending as guests of the Trump administration.

“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests,” the spokesperson said to The Hill.

Trump has frequently called media reports he doesn’t like “fake news,” and debated whether there should be an investigation into whether broadcast licenses should be revoked. But he has reserved extra animosity especially for CNN.

“We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me),” Trump tweeted this week. “They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”

He also called into question CNN’s reporting on an international level, while praising the right-leaning propaganda network Fox News — which is known to glowingly report on Republican efforts and Trump himself.

“@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!” Trump said in a tweet.

CNN replied in kind.

Needless to say, it’s not surprising that CNN declined to attend the annual event, given the hostile attitude towards factual reporting coming from the White House. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was all too pleased at the news of CNN’s boycott and celebrated on Twitter.

“Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” Sanders tweeted.