(National Sentinel)Â Media Fail: An ISIS-inspired terrorist attempted to kill scores of New Yorkers during rush hour in Midtown Manhattan this morning, but embattled cable news outletÂ CNN took time to cover President Donald J. Trump’s Diet Coke fetish instead.
As reported by rivalÂ Fox News, viewers on social media and elsewhere mockedÂ CNN‘s editorial decision to shift away from a major developing story and opt for coverage critical of the amount of soda the president enjoys.
A law enforcement official told reporters around 8:45 a.m. that a would-be bomber detonated a pipe bomb prematurely at the Port Authority bus terminal below Midtown.
That roughly coincided with the time that CNN was in the middle of a segment that featured the chyron, â€œNYT Report: Trump drinks a dozen diet cokes per day,â€ while a large graphic promoting Tuesdayâ€™s Election Night in Alabama took up a significant portion of the screen.
Viewers took notice very quickly.
Media crisis guru Yossi Gestetner tweeted, â€œMore than an hour after the pipe-bomb story broke, CNN was busy with Trumpâ€™s diet Coke,â€ while another viewer asked, â€œWhy are you talking about this!â€
â€œAstonishing how quickly CNN pivoted from NYC explosion to ridiculous story Trump drinking a lot of Diet Coke,â€ Newsbusters Senior Editor Rich Noyes tweeted.
Fox News reported further thatÂ Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor used the network’s recent ad campaign in which it uses an apple as a prop in a bid to combat its “fake news” reputation.
â€œU.S. News was talking about the bombing at 7:54. Nearly an hour later, CNN is whining about Donald Trump drinks Diet Cokes and watches too much TV instead of reporting about terrorism in New York City,â€ Gainor said. â€œCNN might tell you what it’s giving you is an apple, but if it is, it’s rotten.â€
The suspected bomber was identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah and police have called the incident an “attempted terrorist attack.”
Others mockedÂ CNN‘s focus on Trump’s TV and Diet Coke habits on Twitter.
One user wrote, â€œCNN was talking about the bombshell reporting thatÂ @realDonaldTrumpÂ drinks 12 diet cokes and watches 4+ hours of TV news per day AFTER the news broke about the bombing in NYC. I kid you not!â€ while another joked, â€œWe interrupt our story on the suicide bombing in NY subway to update the current tally on President Trump’s daily consumption of diet cokes! We now return you to our regular broadcasting!â€
On Friday,Â CNN misreported a story regarding alleged Trump-Russia collusion that fell apart within hours after it was released.
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