I hear CNN is going to respond just as soon as they stop laughing.
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump’s campaign is demanding CNN retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The demand, coming in the form of a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker that contained numerous incorrect and misleading claims, was immediately rejected by the network.
The CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released on Monday shows Trump trailing the former vice president by 14 points, 55%-41%, among registered voters. It also finds the President’s approval rating at 38% — his worst mark since January 2019, and roughly on par with approval ratings for one-term Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at this point in their reelection years — and his disapproval rating at 57%.
In the letter to Zucker, the Trump campaign argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”
“It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President,” read the letter, signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and chief operating officer Michael Glassner
The campaign formally requested that CNN retract the poll and publish a “full, fair, and conspicuous retraction, apology, and clarification to correct its misleading conclusions.”
CNN actually did have a response to this request, and as you might imagine they were dismissive.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 10, 2020
Courtesy of Market Watch:
CNN on Wednesday summarily rejected the Trump apology and retraction demands, saying it stands by the poll in all respects. Further, in its response letter, signed by David Vigilante, executive vice president and general counsel for AT&T’s T, -3.44% CNN and Warner Media News and Sports, the cable news network observed that this episode marked “the first time in its 40-year history that CNN had been threatened with legal action because an American politician or campaign did not like CNN’s polling results.”
“Your letter,” the Vigilante response concluded, “is factually and legally baseless,” calling it “yet another bad-faith attempt by the campaign” to, via threats of litigation, “muzzle speech it does not want voters to read or hear.”
The CNN letter also noted that McLaughlin & Associates, the pollster Trump and his campaign used to buttress its argument, is not famous for accuracy. New York magazine called McLaughlin “notorious for producing rosy polling data on behalf of its clients.”
The CNN poll is actually one of many showing Trump rapidly losing support among registered voters, including one from Fox News.
Trump has spent his entire life suing people who made him upset, and now he is trying to sue journalists for reporting facts.
What a sad litigious little man.